Webb’s Hicks named N.C. player of year
Two of the nation’s top recruits are The Associated Press prep basketball players of the year in North Carolina for the 2012-13 season.
Oxford Webb senior Isaiah Hicks was named the top boys’ player, and Charlotte Providence Day junior Jatarie White was named the top girls’ player Friday.
The 6-9 Hicks, a North Carolina signee and McDonald’s All-American, earned 21 of a possible 22 votes from sports writers across the state. Fellow UNC signee and McDonald’s All-American Kennedy Meeks, a three-time AP all-state pick from West Charlotte, received the other vote.
Among the girls, the 6-3 White earned 11 votes. Weddington sophomore Stephanie Watts was second with six votes after averaging about 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Fellow AP all-state picks Haley Laughter of Asheville Carolina Day (three) and Catawba Bandys’ Madi Story (two) also received multiple votes.
Hicks and White were the Gatorade players of the year for North Carolina, while Hicks is a two-time AP all-state pick and was the only unanimous choice on this year’s teams.
He averaged 24 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks while shooting 62 percent from the floor.
The player ranked as a five-star prospect and the No. 20 recruit nationally by Scout.com ended his final season with a monster performance — 34 points, a state-finals record 30 rebounds and seven blocks — in an overtime win against Statesville to clinch the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association championship.
“This is what we’ve worked for, and I go out with a championship with all my brothers means a lot,” Hicks said after the championship game. “To share this with them and our whole community, because they came out to support us, is a great feeling.”
White — a 6-3 forward — averaged 19 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 1.8 steals to help her team win a fourth straight 3-A N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championship.
“I just took this year to mature and become more of a leader, because last year I had to listen to a lot of people and learn about how we ran things here,” she said of her sophomore season. “So this year, I sort of just took over.”
White is ranked as the nation’s No. 12 recruit by ESPN. She said she had taken unofficial visits to Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida State, Florida and Clemson, as well as attending camp at Duke a year ago.
“It’s too early to say,” she said of her college choice. “I know I want to stay home, but there’s also schools I’m looking at that are farther away. The schools that are farther away, I’m trying to make sure they’re a perfect fit.”