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Former Triangle high school basketball players in March Madness

Ravenscroft basketball players Anton Gill (second from left) and Isaac Copeland (second from right) are best friends. Their fathers, Anton Gill, Sr. (left) and Ike Copeland (right), played together at ECU. Through Anton and Isaac, the fathers have restarted their friendship.
Ravenscroft basketball players Anton Gill (second from left) and Isaac Copeland (second from right) are best friends. Their fathers, Anton Gill, Sr. (left) and Ike Copeland (right), played together at ECU. Through Anton and Isaac, the fathers have restarted their friendship. 2012 News & Observer file photo

Fourteen former Triangle high school basketball players are participating in March Madness this year.

There are three common themes among them: Ravenscroft, Broughton and walk-ons.

N.C. State’s Chris Corchiani Jr. and North Carolina’s Luke Davis actually fall into all three categories.

But some don’t fall into any.

There’s Isaiah Hicks, who led J.F. Webb to a 3A title two seasons ago, playing big minutes for the Tar Heels.

There’s also Dez Wells, a former high school teammate of John Wall’s at Word of God who starts for the Maryland Terrapins.

Freshman Gary Clark of Clayton has made an immediate impact at Cincinnati.

Some took unusual routes to get to the dance.

Dayton’s Detwon Rogers transferred from Wilmington to now-defunct Body of Christ in Raleigh for a season, then went to Southern Idaho before transferring to the Flyers. Panther Creek grad Matt Williams is a football player who walked on to the basketball squad.

Duke walk-on Sean Kelly never played a minute of basketball at Ravenscroft, focusing on baseball instead.

With the tournament set to tip on Tuesday night, here is a list of the Triangle’s former high school players who will be suiting up for the game’s biggest stage.

N.C. State: Staats Battle (Broughton), Chris Brickhouse (Broughton), Chris Corchiani Jr. (Broughton/Ravenscroft)

North Carolina: Isaiah Hicks (J.F. Webb), Luke Davis (Broughton/Ravenscroft), Justin Coleman (Broughton)

Duke: Sean Kelly (Ravenscroft)

Dayton: Detwon Rogers (Body of Christ)

Louisville: Anton Gill (Ravenscroft)

Coastal Carolina: Aaron Law (East Chapel Hill)

Davidson: Matt Williams (Panther Creek)

Maryland: Dez Wells (Word of God)

Cincinnati: Gary Clark (Clayton)

Georgetown: Isaac Copeland (Ravenscroft)

Kansas: Devonte’ Graham (Broughton)

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