Dec 28, 2011
Local college basketball fans can get an early look at the next generation of Tar Heels, Blue Devils and Wolfpack players Wednesday when some top recruits for those programs take the court at the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational in Raleigh.
Play begins at 11 a.m. at Broughton High School on a slate of seven games. Tickets, which cost $12 for adults and $6 for those under 10, are general admission and good for the whole day.
Fans of all three Tobacco Road schools have a rooting interest in the 2:20 p.m. game between High Point's Wesleyan Christian Academy takes on Miller School out of Charlottesville (Va.). Wesleyan features Theo Pinson, a sophomore guard ranked in the Scout.com Top 10 for the Class of 2014. Pinson has already secured scholarship offers from North Carolina State University and Duke, and he paid a visit to Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earlier this month.
Miller is stacked the talent, too. Guard Andrew White, who has committed to Kansas, is ranked as the top player from Virginia this year by ESPN. He's accompanied by three other Division I teammates – Chase Cannon, a 6'5" guard/forward being recruited by the Ivy League, two-guard Devon Anderson and Janeil Jenkins.
After a championship game at 4 p.m. between Charlotte Myers Park and Millbrook in the Mix 101.5 girls' tournament, the boys return to the court at 5:40 p.m.
N.C. State recruit Rodney Purvis and his Upper Room teammates take on Body of Christ. It is the first tournament appearance for both. Expect the fanatical Wolfpack backers who turned out at Upper Room of Purvis' commitment to turn out to see him play.
At 7:20 p.m., Garner takes on Strake Jesuit out of Houston, a team that features Duke recruit Rasheed Sulaimon, who is ranked by Scout dot com as the top player in the nation in the Class of 2012.
WRAL's Jeff Gravley will have a live report from Broughton at 6 p.m. Find highlights, photos and player interviews from all the games on HighSchoolOT.com.
On Tuesday, the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational tournament named the inaugural class of the Legends of the Holiday Tournament.
Present for the honor were: Tim Stevens, sports writer for the News & Observer and a pivotal force in the establishment of the tournament in Raleigh.
Billy Williams, a Broughton player in the 1975 holiday invitational championship game. Williams became a star at Clemson, where he was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference as a senior. He was drafted by the NBA, but chose to play professionally overseas.
Donald Williams, the most prolific scorer in Holiday Invitational history. Williams later became a national champion at UNC and was named the MVP of the 1993 NCAA Final Four.
Danny Young, who scored 30 points for Enloe in the 1978 holiday invitational championship. He was a star at Wake Forest and later played for five NBA teams.