High School Sports

The Charlotte Observer High School Basketball Preview 2016-17

Concord Robinson's Lavar Batts Jr. is the top ranked recruit in the NC basketball class of 2017. Shown here with his father Lavar Batts Sr., he's committed to VCU and returns for a senior season on a high. In his last high school game, he and his father, who is his high school coach, won a N.C. 3A state championship.
Concord Robinson's Lavar Batts Jr. is the top ranked recruit in the NC basketball class of 2017. Shown here with his father Lavar Batts Sr., he's committed to VCU and returns for a senior season on a high. In his last high school game, he and his father, who is his high school coach, won a N.C. 3A state championship. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Here are all preseason basketball stories published by the Charlotte Observer.

Preview Stories

▪ Providence Day All-American Janelle Bailey, UNC commit, is arguably among the world’s best in her age group. Click here for more

▪ Independence 6-10 center Justyn Hamilton improved his game by participating in USA Basketball camp. He’s heading to Temple. Click here for more.

▪ In Rock Hill, York Prep 6-8 sophomore DJ Burns is a talented basketball player -- and musician. Click here for more.

▪ In Concord, No. 1 2019 N.C. recruit Wendell Moore returns to Cox Mill with added size, confidence. Click here for more

▪ In Concord, Lavar Batts lived a dream few players do -- he won a state championship, with his father as a coach. Meet the VCU recruit by clicking here.

▪ Piedmont’s Hunter Tyson is the best high school shooter his coach has ever seen. Click here for more.

▪ In Spartanburg, Zion Williamson has become one of the nation’s top three recruits in the class of 2018. Click here to read.

Players To Watch

▪ Meet Mecklenburg County’s top boys’ basketball players. Click here

▪ Meet Mecklenburg County’s top girls’ basketball players. Click here

▪ Meet Cabarrus County’s top boys’ and girls’ basketball players. Click here

▪ Meet Gaston County’s top boys’ and girls’ basketball players. Click here

▪ Meet York and Lincoln Counties top boys’ and girls’ basketball players. Click here

▪ Here are the top 50 senior basketball recruits in the Carolinas. Click here

▪ Here are the top boys’ basketball players in the Carolinas, regardless of class. Click here

▪ Union County boys’ and girls’ players to watch. Click here

Schedules

2016-17 Charlotte-area team-by-team high school basketball schedules. Click here.

Here is the day-by-day schedule for the week of Nov. 13. Click here

Sweet 16 Polls

Talent-rich Mallard Creek starts the season No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 girls poll. Click here

Girls’ Sweet 16 Preseason Poll. Click here

Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Capsules. Click here

Area Team Previews

Girls Team Capsules. Click here

Girls Conference Predictions. Click here

Boys Team Capsules. Click here

Boys Conference Predictions. Click here

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