Point guard Kithcart leaving Hillside
This crossover move has point guard Justice Kithcart emptying his gym bag at Durham's Hillside High School and setting up a locker at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem.
Hillside athletics director Bob Hill last week announced that he'd hired basketball coach Thurman Jordan from Holly Springs High School to replace Crasten Davis.
The decision was expected to impact whether Kithcart, who began his prep career across town at Riverside High School, would stay at Hillside.
Kithcart was in Las Vegas for the adidas Super 64 showcase tournament when Hill introduced Jordan, a hire that was eagerly awaited by passionate Hillside fans.
The 6-feet-2, 170-pound playmaker said he'd announce his decision about Hillside upon returning from the West Coast on Tuesday or sometime thereafter.
But the verdict already is in: Kithcart, a rising junior, said he'd spend the upcoming season at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, where he'd be able to learn from Coach Isaac Pitts Jr. and play teams from all over the country, not just primarily from Durham and the surrounding area.
The QEA Fighting Pharaohs last season were 21-5 and played traditionally stout teams including Virginia's Oak Hill and Carlisle academies. QEA came to Durham and split games with Mount Zion Christian Academy.
In Las Vegas, Kithcart made a case that he's ready for the national stage when he knocked down five 3-pointers in a row to get his Team Loaded squad into overtime during a semifinal contest Sunday. Team Loaded, based in Virginia, won in triple overtime. Kithcart had 30 points and five assists.
Team Loaded proceeded to win the championship in the 16-and-under division. Kithcart scored 17 points, dished 10 assists and ran off with three steals in the title game.
Along with the championship trophy, Kithcart left Vegas with hardware for being the tournament’s most valuable player.