There is no question that basketball is the second religion in the state of North Carolina. The state is home to Tobacco Road and four teams in the ACC. UNC have won five NCAA basketball championships (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, and 2009) Duke has also won five (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015). In addition, NC State has won two NCAA championships in 1974 and 1983. That's a total of 12 NCAA National Championships for the Hoop State and that doesn't take into account the number of times teams from North Carolina has made it to the Final Four and also competed for the NCAA National Championship.

The state has produced some of the greatest basketball players at the collegiate level along with the NBA. You have Michael Jordan, David Thompson, James Worthy, Antawn Jamison, Phil Ford, Walter Davis, Jerry Stackhouse, Brad Daugherty, and Stephen Curry. In the 2016 class, three players were ranked in the top ten by various national scouting services, Harry Giles (Duke), Dennis Smith (NC State), and Edrice Adebayo (Kentucky).

Year in and year out, the state of North Carolina produces some of the top players in the country. It can be argued not enough credit is placed upon academics with today's athletes, however that is simply not the case with the current basketball situation in the Hoop State. At the 3rd Annual NC Top 80 event held in March, we saw a growing, yet positive trend with today's hoopsters in North Carolina. Overall, we had 24 players that had a 4.0 GPA or greater, 51 players had a 3.5 GPA or greater, and 78 had a 3.0 GPA or greater. These are impressive numbers and illustrates that academics are also a high priority with the top players in the state.

Today, we often hear about the lack of academics that exist in high school sports, but we at Phenom Hoop Report are quite proud of the academic success for the players that attended the NC Top 80 camp in March. Without question, we can proudly call our player's true student athletes. Congrats to all the players that has worked hard in the classroom as they have on the basketball court. Job well done!