Word of God's C.J. Leslie and Kinston's Reggie Bullock have been selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic all-star basketball game on April 17 at New York's Madison Square Garden.
The game will be televised by ESPNU, which has the top 10 players in its rankings committed to play in the game.
Leslie, a 6-foot-8 forward, is ranked No. 8 in the country in the ESPNU 100, and Bullock, a 6-foot-6 guard, is ranked No. 16.
Bullock has signed with North Carolina, and Leslie is uncommitted.
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The ACC will be well represented in the game.
Harrison Barnes of Ames, Iowa, (North Carolina), Kyrie Irving of West Orange, N.J., (Duke) and Kendall Marshall of Dumfries, Va., (North Carolina) also have accepted invitations to play.
Harrow's wishful thinking: Word of God coach Erasto Hatchett said this week that Leslie is still assessing his college options.
In a recent open letter to N.C. State fans, Wolfpack recruit Ryan Harrow mentioned that State needed players like himself and committed Luke Cothron of Red Springs Flora McDonald, prep school recruit Lorenzo Brown, and Leslie.
"That is just a little wishful thinking on Ryan's part," Hatchett said. "C.J. is not that far along in the process. Don't read anything into it."
This week's N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A boys basketball tournament could be special. Among the players who are expected to play in the 16-team event are Leslie (undecided), Cothron (N.C. State), Charlotte United Faith's Ian Miller (Florida State), Fayetteville Trinity's Damontre Harris (South Carolina) and Wilson Greenfield's Brian Richardson (South Carolina) and Jeremy Jeffers (Drake).
Word of God probably will be at home on Tuesday night for the first round, but the semifinals and finals will be at Forsyth Country Day in Lewisville on Friday and Saturday.
Mabry waits: Tashawn Mabry, who this season broke Phil Ford's career scoring record at Rocky Mount High, is concentrating on his senior season instead of worrying a lot about his recruitment.
"He told me that he'd tell me when he makes his decision," Rocky Mount coach Mike Gainey said.
Lots of schools have talked to Mabry, Gainey said, but N.C. State is the only major college that he knows of that has made a firm scholarship offer.
Mabry, 6 feet 6, is averaging 24 points and 7.8 rebounds for the 18-3 Gryphons. Rocky Mount enters the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs on Monday at home against Jacksonville.
Gatorade soccer: Junior midfielder Teddy Mullin of Durham Jordan is the North Carolina Gatorade boys soccer player of the year.
He had six goals and 12 assists in leading Jordan to a 21-1 overall record. The Falcons were ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the year by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association. He was chosen the Piedmont Athletic 4-A player of the year and to the NCSCA all-state team.
USC-Upstate soccer: USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C., recently signed Rachel Collins of Athens Drive and Alyssa Librizzi of 4-A state champion Leesville Road. Collins allowed 14 goals last season on an 8-9-1 team.