Holiday Invitational

Holiday Invitational loaded with major talent

Posted October 31, 2012
Updated December 4, 2012

If you're looking for big time basketball during the holidays, you don't have to leave Raleigh to find it.

The Holiday Invitational is loaded with talent this season – players committed to each of the three Triangle ACC schools will be in attendance, as will the No. 1 player from the Class of 2015.

Anthony "Cat" Barber (Hampton)

Anthony "Cat" Barber is a 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard. He is ranked the No. 11 player in the Class of 2013, according to ESPN. He has committed to NC State.

Anthony Barber Highlights: Anthony "Cat" Barber

Julius Barnes (Garner)

During last year's Holiday Invitational, Julius Barnes had a breakout game against Kinston as a freshman. Now the point guard is picking up interest from a number of schools, including ACC schools like Clemson.

JaQuan Brownridge (Word of God)

Shooting guard JaQuan Brownridge stands at 6-foot-4 and 170 pounds. He is committed to Campbell.

Isaac Copeland (The Miller School)

Isaac Copeland stands at 6-foot-7 and plays with range. A member of the Class of 2014, he helped Ravenscroft to a state championship last season and holds offers from Boston College, NC State and Virginia.

Isaac Copeland Highlights: Isaac Copeland

Josh Dawson (Kinston)

Josh Dawson was an all-tournament selection last season at the Holiday Invitational and helped the Kinston Vikings to the 2-A state championship. A participant of Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, Dawson is a college prospect.

Anthanee Doyle (Holly Springs)

Point guard Anthanee Doyle averaged 12.5 points per game last season for the Hawks. He stands at 6-foot-3 and has an offer from Jacksonville.

T.J. Evans (Apex)

As a sophomore last season, T.J. Evans averaged 20 points per game, earning himself the Tri-9 Player of the Year honors and helping the Cougars to a 26-4 record.

DeeJay Flippin (Holly Springs)

Wing man DeeJay Flippin stands at 6--fot-6 and is an athletic player who can slash to the basket. He reports offers from Jacksonville, Mount Olive and Wingate.

Devonte Graham (Broughton)

Broughton point guard Devonte Graham is one of the top players at his position in the Triangle. He has committed to play basketball at Appalachian State.

m 19 Highlights: Devonte Graham

James Hemphill (Broughton)

A versatile player, James Hemphill is capable of playing inside or outside for the Capitals. Earlier this fall, Hemphill committed to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Isaiah Hicks (J.F. Webb)

Isaiah Hicks will play his first full season at Webb this year since returning from a private school. At 6-foot-8 and 200-pounds, Hicks is No. 10 player in the Class of 2013, according to ESPN. He has committed to North Carolina.

Boys Basketball: Asheboro vs. J.F. Webb (Feb. 21, 012) Highlights: Isaiah Hicks

Brandon Ingram (Kinston)

Kinston sophomore Brandon Ingram stands at 6-foot-4 and 165-pounds. Last season he helped the Vikings to the 2-A state championship and earned a spot in Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge. He is listed as a 3-star prospect on

Matt Jones (DeSoto)

At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Jones averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as a shooting guard. A 5-star player, Jones is the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, according to ESPN. He has committed to Duke.

Shelton Mitchell (Cuthbertson)

After exploding as a sophomore last season, Shelton Mitchell helped the Cavaliers to a 31-2 record and 2-A runner-up finish. Mitchell averaged 23.6 points per game last season, earning a 4-star rating from ESPN. He is picking up interest from a number of Division-I schools.

Josh Newkirk (Word of God)

Josh Newkirk took over as point guard at Word of God, following some big time players like John Wall. He's a 3-star prospect according to ESPN and the No. 8 player in the state of North Carolina. He has committed to Pittsburgh.

Tyrone Outlaw, Jr. (Person)

Senior Tyrone Outlaw, Jr., helped the Person Rockets to a PAC 6 championship last season. One of the most explosive players in the Triangle, he has committed to play basketball at UNC-Greensboro next year.

Tyrone Outlaw Jr. Highlights: Tyrone Outlaw Jr.

Donte Reynolds (Word of God)

Senior small forward Donte Reynolds is a 2-star prospect, according to ESPN. At 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds, Reynolds has interest from a number of schools, and an offer from Campbell.

Karl Towns (St. Joseph)

According to ESPN, Towns is the No. 2 power forward in his class and the No. 3 player overall in the Class of 2014, Karl Towns has offers from a number of high-major schools, including NC State.

Karl Towns Highlights: Karl Towns

Noah Vonleh (New Hampton)

After reclassifying this year, Noah Vonleh is a member of the Class of 2013. A 5-star prospect, he's the No. 8 player in the country according to He reports offers from numerous schools, including North Carolina.

Noah Vonleh Highlights: Noah Vonleh

Shane Whitfield (Word of God)

Senior small forward Shane Whitfield is a 2-star prospect and the No. 25 player in North Carolina, according to ESPN. At 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds, Whitfield has committed to play at Lehigh.


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  • soft-hearted_not vendictive Oct 31, 2012

    wouldn't make sense to put a date of the event in the story?

  • Toddler10-21 Oct 31, 2012

    cant wait!!

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