High-SchoolNorth-Carolina: Five Days of List-Mas

Five Days of List-Mas: Wild Card Edition!

December, 16, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best mascots in North Carolina high school sports

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the New Jersey schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.
5. Grimsely Whirlies

4. Quality Education Fighting Pharoahs

3. Emerson Waldorf Gnomes

2. A.L. Brown Wonders

1. Lejune Devil Pups

Honorable Mention: Bishop McGuinness Villains, Christ School Greenies, Clinton Dark Horses, Holmes Aces

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Five Days of List-Mas: Five Best NBA Players from North Carolina

December, 15, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of North Carolina.

Rodney Purvis and Braxton Ogbueze are standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. North Carolina has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who's been the best? Here's our list of the five best players from the Tar Heel State to play in the NBA.

5. Dominique Wilkins
Credentials: Arguably the greatest dunker ever in games and dunk contests (He got robbed by the No. 1 player on this list in 1988!), Wilkins played prep ball Washington before moving on to the University of Georgia. There, he averaged 21.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in three seasons and was drafted third overall by the Utah Jazz before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks that same day. With the Hawks, 'Nique soared his way to career averages of 24.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and who knows how many dunks per game. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

4. Sam Jones
Credentials: This Laurinburg Institute alum stayed close to home by enrolling at N.C. Central, where he had an impressive four-year career. The Celtics drafted him in the first round in 1957 and he went on to win 10 championships and become one of the best shooting guards of his time. (They don't call him "The Shooter" for nothing.) After being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984, Jones was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.

3. Pete Maravich
Credentials: Pistol Pete played at Edward Military Institute after growing up under the careful tutelage of his father Press. Maravich went on to average a record 44.2 points (No, that's not a typo) during his career LSU and was drafted in third overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 1970. His majestic passes and high-scoring ability led to 10 impressive seasons in the league before dying of a heart attack at age 40, just a year after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2. James Worthy
Credentials: Big Game James started his clutch play Ashbrook before taking his talents to UNC. There, he won the 1982 NCAA title, thanks to a shot by some kid named Jordan but Worthy was the tournament MOP. He was drafted first overall by the Lakers in 1982 where he was a key piece to "Showtime" and won three titles in his 12 seasons. Worthy was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 and named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.

1. Michael Jordan
Credentials: The Laney High alum is the GOAT. Nuff said.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Christ School rises to No. 2 in North Carolina hoops rankings

December, 14, 2011
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Its best player from a year ago, Marshall Plumlee, is some miles away at Duke, but this year's best player, Shannon Hale, has kept Christ School winning after making his own move from Tennessee.

Behind Hale's averages of 15.2 points and 5.7 rebounds, the Greenies are off to a 9-0 start and in position to six-peat as 3A private-school champs. Will Weeks (13.0 ppg, team-high 8.9 rpg) has also proved key for Christ School, which has a quality win against Greensboro Day.

West Charlotte hasn't been as consistent. The Class 4A champs fell for the second time this season, although it came against the POWERADE FAB 50's No. 50 squad, Paul VI of Virginia, which held big man Kennedy Meeks to five points. The Lions bounced back with a solid win against North Mecklenburg on Tuesday and are still a strong contender within state.

Debuting this week at No. 10 is Winston-Salem Prep, which just edged out a Greenfield team that's surging at 8-1.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 6-0 (1)
Trojans remained undefeated with a 78-47 victory against East Gaston.

2. Christ School (Arden) 9-0 (4)
Greenies keep rolling, winning their last three games by an average of 15 points.

3. Northside Christian (Charlotte) 7-0 (5)
The Knights downed Columbia by 20 points in the Palmetto Shootout.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly North Carolina basketball rankings

Five Days of List-Mas: NC's underclass football stars

December, 13, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had their run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in North Carolina next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.
5. Connor Mitch (JR), Wakefield, QB
Credentials: 3,832 passing yards, 48 touchdowns, nine interceptions

4. Greg Gilmore (JR), Hope Mills, DL
Credentials: 68 tackles, sack, blocked field goal, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, offers from Clemson, Virgina Tech, South Carolina

3. Peter Kalamabyi (JR), Butler, LB
Credentials: Nine offers, including Clemson, Michigan and Virginia Tech

2. Uriah LeMay (JR), Butler, WR
Credentials: 19 touchdowns (14 receiving and five rushing), 43 catches for 842 yards, 38 rushes for 397 yards, offers from a dozen schools, including LSU and Georgia.

1. Riley Ferguson (JR), Butler, QB
Credentials: 3,002 passing yards, 45 touchdowns, six interceptions, led Bulldogs to 2010 Class 4AA state title, offers from LSU, Michigan and Clemson.

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Tomorrow: POWERADE state hoops rankings

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

The Five Days of List-Mas: NC's A-List

December, 12, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!



Today: A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in North Carolina? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Thomas Graham (SR), Cary Academy, Cross Country
Credentials: Four-time NCISSAA 3A state champ, ninth at Foot Locker Nationals, No. 20 in DyeStat rankings

4. Braxton Ogbueze (SR), United Faith Christian, Basketball
Credentials: Florida recruit, nation's No. 35 player in ESPNU 100

3. Todd Gurley (SR), Tarboro, Football
Credentials: State's No. 2 running back, led Vikings to three straight Class 2A titles, Semper Fidelis All-American

2. Rodney Purvis (SR), Upper Room Christian, Basketball
Credentials: Nation's No. 16 player in ESPNU 100, N.C. State recruit, 2011 Elite 24 participant, friends with Washington Wizards star John Wall

1. Keith Marshall (SR), Millbrook, Football
Credentials: Georgia recruit, Nation's No. 6 player in ESPNU 150, 2011 Gatorade State Player of the Year, Under Armour All-American, school's all-time leading rusher

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Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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