Random thoughts on high school basketball as conference play heats up:
No. 1 Olympic on Friday beat SoMeck 8 conference rival South Meck to improve to 14-1 and 4-1 in conference play. Olympic trails first-place Berry (12-2, 5-0) by one game.
Baumgardner may be doing his best coaching job, and that’s saying something because the job he did last year was extraordinary, guiding Olympic through a dream season. Baumgardner’s record is 100-5 the past four seasons, 44-1 the past two.
DeVoe averages better than 33 points per game this season and ranks eighth in the country. He also averages 8.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.6 steals.
Northside has played in three high-level tournaments – the Chick-fil-A in Columbia, the Wild Wing Cafe at Ardrey Kell and Saturday’s Under Armour event at Berry High. In those events, Northside lost once and that was against the nation’s top team, Montverde (Fla.) Academy. Northside has beaten several regional powers, like Denver East and Arlington Country Day (Fla.). Northside beat a national top 15 team in Lincoln (N.Y.). If the Knights finish the rest of the season unbeaten and win a third straight state championship – and they’ll be a double-digit favorite in each of their remaining games – Northside, in my opinion, will qualify as a top 10 (or better) Mecklenburg County team of all time. They’re that good.
Northside’s record is 108-7 the past four seasons.