Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop and his staff travel thousands of miles every year to seek basketball talent.
But it took a trip of less than 15 minutes to find two players at Hopewell High: DeMon Brooks and Jordan Downing.
"We travel the country, and really the world, every year to find players that fit our profile," McKillop said. "So it is great to find some of those guys right in our back yard."
McKillop's greatest player, Stephen Curry (now with the Golden State Warriors), came from Charlotte Christian. McKillop's son, senior point guard Brendan McKillop, starred at Charlotte Catholic. Junior guard Will Reigel (Charlotte Latin) is a key reserve on a roster that also has players from Canada, England, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
"(Downing and Brooks) give us an immediate stage for two guys that are well known in the Charlotte metro area," McKillop said. "I think our fan base takes great pride in having local guys on the team. Their record of success speaks for itself."
Downing and Brooks could have immediate impact. They led Hopewell to a 52-4 mark and back-to-back conference titles the past two seasons.
Downing, a 6-5 guard/forward, averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game. Brooks, a 6-8 forward, averaged 18 points and 10 boards.
Since they're so close to their college, both are already getting practice, working out with teammates and playing weekly pickup basketball.
"They have great work ethic and don't feel entitled to anything," McKillop said. "So I think both guys will work very hard to make their impact."
Stephen Curry and his father, former Charlotte Hornets great Dell Curry, will host the Curry Celebrity Classic June 21 at River Run Country Club in Davidson. The tournament will benefit the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.
Several local players and a local coach were named to the All-I-Meck Conference baseball team, released this week.
Hopewell's Chet Greeson is coach of the year. He led the Titans to a conference title in his first season.
Hopewell also had four all-I-Meck players: Hunter Conley, Hunter May, Kyle Himler and Daniel Whitecavage.
Mooresville's Wes Dumford, Jacob Mays, Billy Nantz and Josh Skidmore made the all-conference squad.
Lake Norman's Tyler Lewis, Taylor Thurber and Scottie Williams made all-conference, as did North Mecklenburg's Anthony Dimino, Johnny Piedmonte and Adam Venditti.
All I-Meck softball
North Meck and Lake Norman dominated the All-I-Meck Conference softball team, with players in 12 of the 20 spots.
North Meck: Paul Kikta, coach of the year; Sara "Boomer" Mooney, player of the year; Sara Allen, pitcher of the year; Morgan Lashley, Lauren Lewis, Jasmyn Lindsay, Jordan Stokes and Daniela Torres.
Lake Norman: Shelby Bailey, Arin Hall, Stacey Houser, Kayla Pine Dominique Wilson.
Hopewell: Madalynn Randall, Carmin Schelling and Stephanie Span.
Mooresville: Hope Smith and Margaret Whitestone.