North Carolina: The Hoop State

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Posted On: 01/28/17 11:16 AM

North Carolina is known by many basketball recruiting circles as “The Hoop State.” This week players from North Carolina made this statement even more believable with a outpouring of high scoring games. Here is a look at the top performers this week in North Carolina high school basketball.

Recent Wake Forest football commit Sage Surratt had an unbelievable week in the scoring column that could rival some of North Carolina’s most storied careers. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard scored a career high 57 points last night for Lincolnton HS in a win sage-surrattover Bandys HS. This is the third time this season he has topped 50 points and the second time this week. He scored a total of 191 points over the past four games. He tied the state record for most consecutive 40 point games, he has scored a total of 2,619 career points and is number four in career scoring for the state. Surratt is ranked as the 13th best prospect in North Carolina for the 2017 class.

Erwin High School senior CJ Thompson, also a all-state wide reciever scored 40 points last night against conference rival and MAC leader McDowell High School. Thompson is ranked 78th by PrepHoopsNC in the 2017 class.

One of the top shooters in the state, Michael Hueitt Jr., a Old Dominion recruit scored 51 points, with 15 assists and 8 rebounds for Northwood Temple this week. he set the NCHSAA state-record for three-pointers in a game with 16 made shots. Hueitt is ranked 6th by PrepHoopsNC in the 2017 class.

6-foot-3 shooting guard Elbert Ellis of Faith Assembly had 49 points in a win over. He is ranked 24th in the 2018 class by PrepHoopsNC.

austin-nelsonUnsigned senior Austin Nelson of North Henderson High School scored 41 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in a win. Nelson is ranked 27th in the PrepHoopsNC 2017 rankings.

Landon Henley, a 2019 forward for Tuscola High School scored 33 points and pulled down 11 rebounds this week.

Former Garner High School standout Thomas Allen, a NC State commit scored 50 points for Brewster Academy (NH) in a win. A school record, which is a big feat considering all of the college and NBA players that Brewster produces.