Six former south Charlotte male high school athletes were named by the N.C. High School Athletic Association as 100 To Remember.Myers Park runner Jim Beatty, South Mecklenburg basketball players Walter Davis and Bobby Jones, Providence High basketball player Antawn Jamison, and Independence football players Chris Leak and Hakeem Nicks all made the list.A special committee that included school administrators, coaches and sports media compiled the list, according to an NCHSAA release.Beatty, a member of the USA National Track and Field Hall of Fame, became the first man to run a four-minute mile indoors in 1962. He ran collegiately at North Carolina. He at one time held the world record in the two-mile.Davis and Jones led South Meck to basketball state championships in the before both moved on to play at North Carolina. Davis also played on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team and played 15 years in the NBA. Jones was a second-team Associated Press All-American in 1974 and played in the ABA and NBA from 1975 through 1986.Providence’s Jamison also went on to play basketball in college at North Caroina. He was the consensus collegiate national player of the year in 1998. He has played in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 18.8 points per game in his career. Leak, a quarterback at Independence, set several state records in his high school career from 1999-2002, including career passing yards (15,593) and career passing touchdowns (185). He has the only 5,000-yard season in NCHSAA history (2002) and led the Patriots to four state championships. He played at Florida and led the Gators to a 2007 national championship.Nicks, a receiver at Independence, had 1,819 yards receiving in 2005 and was named MVP of the state championship that year. He went on to play at North Carolina, catching 181 passes for 2,840 yards and 21 TDs. He currently plays for the NFL’s New York Giants. Corey Inscoe
Friday, Sep. 20, 2013
Six south Charlotte athletes named to NCHSAA 100 to Remember list
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