The NCISAA tournament is one of the most talked about state tournaments across the region. Without fail there are 2-4 nationally ranked teams who are battling for state titles throughout the three classifications.
Also, without fail, there are numerous highly ranked national level kids participating. By the time it gets down to the Final Fours of each classification, every team has “a dude” and in many cases, “multiple dudes.”
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With the NCISAA Championship Games taking place last weekend here is Jamie’s picks for All-State and Player of the Year.
6’6” 2018 Aaron Wiggins (Maryland)
Wesleyan Christian (High Point, NC)
Wiggins saved his best for last as he took another huge step for his senior season. Wesleyan Christian was the number one ranked team in NCISAA for a majority of the season and Wiggins was the team’s most steady player throughout the year. The Maryland signee has great size and athleticism, but it is his ability to shoot the ball that makes him an elite prospect. He has deep range and is very consistent both off the bounce or the catch. Probably ranked a little low nationally, look for him to get to Maryland and really have an impact.
6’2” 2019 Travion McCray
Village Christian (Fayetteville, NC)
McCray was the Sandhills Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year and he showcased that in the 2A semifinals as he went for 44 points against eventual state champion Carmel Christian. McCray is a bullish guard, one who plays with a huge chip on his shoulder on both ends. He gets into the paint at will and can shoot the ball at a high clip from deep. Only carrying Stetson, Longwood and South Carolina State offers, that list should explode this summer if he is seen by coaches.
6’2” 2018 Devon Dotson (Kansas)
Providence Day School (Charlotte, NC)
Not much more can be said about Dotson, he plays with that ultimate chip on his shoulder a big time competitor. Our Rick Lewis said two years ago that Dotson reminded him of Sacramento Kings rookie Frank Mason and that has continued to prove true. He is a winner and he is the ultimate competitor. Dotson is a McDonald’s All American, a consensus 5-star recruit and will be playing at Kansas next season.
6’6” 2018 John Newman (Clemson)
Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, NC)
Newman is the ultimate team guy. He does whatever it takes for his guys to win and he does it at a high level. What may get over looked a lot with Newman is his competitive fire. He is one of the great in-game talkers in the state of North Carolina. The lefty can handle, shoot, pass and defend and do so at a high level. He should be a Top 100 ranked prospect and when he goes to Clemson he will find his way on the floor early and Brownell will have a hard time taking him off the floor.
6’5” 2019 Josh Nickelberry
Northwood Temple (Fayetteville, NC)
Nickelberry is the premier scorer in the state of North Carolina. The 4-star, Top 50 prospect is able to get his buckets no matter the opponent or the style of game. Nickelberry is a pure shooter, he is confident on the ball and he is a good athlete at the rim. While Northwood Temple had a tumultuous season with extenuating circumstances, Nickelberry’s play was consistently at a high level. It will be interesting to see if he can take his game from a Top 50 prospect to a Top 25 type prospect this summer.
Player of the Year
6’4” 2018 Coby White (UNC)
Greenfield School (Wilson, NC)
White is the most prolific scorer in North Carolina history. He broke JamesOn Curry’s 14 year old scoring record of 3.307 career points and finished off his career with an astonishing 3.573 career points. White is one of the premier scorers in the country and should look to show out at UNC. This Player of the Year award could have gone any number of ways but with White this is more of a career achievement award and well deserved.