Posted On: 01/11/21 12:30 PM

The NCHSAA 2020-21 season finally underway as public school basketball heats up in the state of North Carolina. Here's a look at some early favorites at the 3A level.

1.  Freedom Patriots (1-0)

Freedom Patriots return juniors Quentin Rice and Tyler Ledford from last year’s  29-1 squad and 11-1 in the Northwestern Conference. They were set to face Westover in the 3A State Title game before the pandemic cut things short in 2019-20. They’re off to a 1-0 start in 2020-21 and should be favored to return to the title game this season.

2. Kings Mountain Mountaineers (1-0) 

Isaiah TateIsaiahTate5'11" | PGKings Mountain | 2022StateNC and the Kings Mountain Mountaineers are set to turn a corner in 2020-21. Tate posted 31 points (10-of-14 FG) and 10 assists in their opening win over Stuart Cramer. Zeke CannedyZekeCannedy6'1" | CGKings Mountain | 2022NC is a new name to track after posting 21 points (8-of-10 FG) and four steals as well. Senior guard Matt Toms also had eight rebounds and eight assists.

3. Weddington Warriors (2-0)

The Weddington Warriors have a strong cast of prospects in Chase LoweChaseLowe6'3" | CGWeddington | 2022StateNC, Brock BowenBrockBowen5'11" | CGWeddington | 2021StateNC, AJ Cook and Kyle FrazierKyleFrazier6'2" | SGWeddington | 2022StateNC in 2020-21. They’re 2-0 already with Lowe averaging

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