Two nationally ranked boys’ basketball players and a history-making coach headline the 2017-18 Charlotte Observer All-Region team.
The team is comprised of the top boys’ basketball players in the Observer’s coverage zone who play for schools outside Mecklenburg County. An All-Mecklenburg boys’ team will be announced for players inside Mecklenburg County.
Two Cabarrus County teens share the player of the year award: Cox Mill junior Wendell Moore and 2016-17 All-Region Player of the Year Jairus Hamilton of Cannon School. The coach of the year is Marshville Forest Hill’s Matt Sides.
Sides led the Yellow Jackets to their first N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A state championship. Forest Hills had not been to the championship game in 54 years. The Yellow Jackets finished 30-2 after a thrilling 63-59 win over Greene Central in the state finals.
Hamilton, a Boston College recruit, is a 6-foot-8, 230-pound small forward. He repeats as Observer Player of the Year after averaging 28.3 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals. He was a McDonald’s All-American nominee, a three-time all-conference pick. Hamilton is a top 100 recruit in the class of 2018.
Moore, who repeated as the N.C. public school coaches state player of the year, led Cox Mill to a repeat N.C. 3A state championship. A 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior guard, Moore averaged 25 points and eight rebounds this season. He has scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina among others. Moore is a top 50 recruit in the class of 2019.
Moore is among 24 players from the class of 2019 invited by USA Basketball to compete in a series of events at this weekend’s college basketball Final Four in San Antonio.
USA Basketball’s “Next Generation Sunday Program” is designed to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Final Four from a player’s perspective, attend games and play on the Final Four court. Moore was one of three N.C. players invited, joining Arden Christ School guard Jalen Lecque and Fayetteville Trinity Christian’s Joey Baker, a Duke recruit.
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