Nick Stevens, a Raleigh native, is the senior editor of HighSchoolOT.com. Nick has covered high school sports for WRAL since 2006, and helped create what is now HighSchoolOT.com. In his blog, Nick provides insight and analysis on area high school sports teams, players and topics. He also provides his opinion on numerous issues surrounding high school sports. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStevensHSOT. You can contact Nick by clicking here or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 24, 2015
Chris Clemons (3) of Millbrook goes up to dunk. Kinston High School travels to Raleigh, NC for the 43rd Annual HighSchoolOt.com Holiday Invitational and faces Millbrook High School on December 27, 2014. A very close game was decided in the 4th quarter as Millbrook took control, winning 74-54. (Photo By: Chris Baird / HighSchoolOt.com Contributor.)
If you've seen Millbrook's boys basketball team play this season, you've probably seen Chris Clemons dunk the ball once or twice.
On Friday night against Enloe, the 5-foot-9 point guard found himself on a fast break, and there was no question what was about to happen.
But it wasn't just any dunk. Clemons threw the ball off the backboard to himself, he caught it, and finished off the one-handed dunk.
The video quickly made its way to social media, and almost as quickly, ESPN picked it up. The national sports cable channel aired it during the SportsCenter Top 10 segment on Friday night.
Clemons finished the game with 28 points, leading Millbrook (17-1, 8-0) to a 91-51 win over…
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Jan 19, 2015
Dalen Spruill (23) runs the ball. Cardinal Gibbons High School defeats Ravenscroft High School 28-21. Cardinal Gibbons High School Crusaders visit the Ravenscroft High School Ravens in boys varsity football on Friday September 5 2014, Ravenscroft High School, Raleigh NC. (Photo: Karl Fisher / WRAL contributor)
We're a little over two weeks into 2015, which means there will be a lot happening before the year comes to an end.
There are a number of things that I expect to see addressed this year, some changes I think we'll see, and some topics that will certainly be discussed. Certainly there will be more than I can discuss in one blogpost, but here are five things that you can watch for in the new year.
The 8-Quarter Rule
Dudley High School caused quite a controversy last fall when it found ineligible players on its roster the week of the first round of the state playoffs. The N.C. High School Athletic Association ended up stripping Dudley of all wins and removing it from the playoffs. Dudley was the No. 1 overall seed.
The eligibility issues stemmed from the 8-quarter rule – a rule that allows underclassmen to play junior varsity football and dress for varsity games. There is a limit to the number of players who can be declared 8-quarter…
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Dec 27, 2014
The first day of the 2014 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational was packed with action, people, and big individual performances.
Millbrook's Chris Clemons is the top leading scorer in the tournament after the first day, dropping 36 points against Garner in Millbrook's win over the previously undefeated Trojans. He also added six assists.
Clemons, who shot 6-of-12 from 3-point range, is tied with Broughton guard Jerome Robinson for most 3-pointers in the tournament.
Robinson, a Boston College recruit, is the fourth leading scorer after the opening day, posting 26 points for the Capitals in their win over Knightdale.
Although Leesville Road fell hard to Kinston, sophomore Jonathan Mebane scored 29 points for the Pride, the second most of the tournament so far.
Kinston's Branond Ingram posted 27 points in the Vikings' win, the third-most in the tournament to this point.
Ingram also leads the tournament in rebounds with 12 and in blocked shots with four.…
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Dec 25, 2014
Brandon Ingram (13) with the ball. Kinston High School make it a 3-Peat with a win over North Rowan 67 - 57 for the NCHSAA State Championship Title at Reynolds Coliseum. (Photo By: Beth Jewell)
When people talk about the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational, oftentimes the discussion surrounds the out-of-state teams and major Division I prospects.
Those teams and players are certainly worth your time, but this year’s field of public school teams is one that should not be discounted, and they get the action started on Friday. Four of the five games on Friday will be made up of public school teams.
Kinston, one of the most storied high school programs in North Carolina – public or private – returns to the Holiday Invitational for the 10th consecutive season. The Vikings are the three-time defending 2A state champions and bring with them Brandon Ingram, one of the top players from the Class of 2015.
Ingram is a five-star prospect and the No. 12 player in his class, according to ESPN.com. At the time I sat down to write this, he was considering offers from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, N.C. State, UNC and UCLA.
Kinston will be facing a young, talented Raleigh…
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Dec 5, 2014
Chapel Hill's Connor Stough (10) keeper. Chapel Hill visits Southern Durham in the third round of the NCHSAA 4-AA state football playoffs. Chapel Hill wins, 39-28, to advance to the next round. Friday November 28, 2014, Durham NC. (Photo: Karl Fisher / WRAL contributor)
I like to take credit when I pick upsets, but I didn't pick Chapel Hill to make it to the fourth round of the state playoffs.
The Tigers didn't listen to me though, and now they find themselves in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-AA Eastern Regional Final – as the No. 12 seed.
It was improbable, there's no question about that. Chapel Hill came out of a 3-AA East bracket that was arguably the toughest region in all of the 3-A class. And the Tigers haven't had a single home playoff game. All the wins have come on the road.
Chapel Hill dominated West Brunswick in the first round 42-14, then traveled to Fayetteville to face Cape Fear Valley Conference champion Terry Sanford in the second round. The Tigers came away with a 23-20 win.
That set up a rematch with conference foe Southern Durham in the third round. The Spartans were the defending 3-AA state champions, undefeated, the favorites to win the East again, and had beaten Chapel Hill earlier in…
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