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N.C.’s top high school basketball recruits share their NCAA Final Four predictions

Cox Mill High star Wendell Moore, who led his team to a state championship Saturday, predicts the NCAA Final Four for the Charlotte Observer.
Cox Mill High star Wendell Moore, who led his team to a state championship Saturday, predicts the NCAA Final Four for the Charlotte Observer.

The No. 1 high school basketball recruits in the state of North Carolina -- in the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes -- all reside in the Charlotte area.

We asked each of them for their NCAA Final Four predictions, and who they think will win it all.

Lavar Batts, Concord Robinson, class of 2017

The skinny: Batts, a 6-foot-3 point guard, led his team to the 2016 N.C. 3A state title and has signed with VCU

My Final Four: North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Gonzaga

My champion: Carolina will win it all because they have a veteran team...and they would love to get that win back from losing last year in the championship.

LINK: Meet Lavar Batts, the VCU recruit with big dreams

Devon Dotson, Providence Day, class of 2018

The skinny: Dotson, a 6-1 point guard, has more than 20 college scholarship offers, including one from national champion Villanova.

My Final Four: Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Arizona

My champion: I'm going with Duke because they are hot, coming off an ACC championship. Everybody had Duke as the preseason No. 1 seed, and now they are figuring things out and becoming the team everyone thought they could be.

LINK: Providence Day guard Devon Dotson turning heads

Wendell Moore, Cox Mill, class of 2019

The skinny: Moore, a 6-6 sophomore wing, scored 29 points to lead his team to the N.C. 3A state title Saturday. He has nine offers, including from ACC regular-season champion North Carolina

My Final Four: Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Florida State

My champion: Kansas. Because of their guard play and ability of coach (Bill) Self getting the most of his players at this time of year.

LINK: Why Wendell Moore has college coaches flocking to Concord

Jaden Springer, Rocky River, class of 2020

The skinny: Springer, a 6-3 guard, averaged 24 points as a freshman and is attracting major-college attention.

My Final Four: UNC, Kansas, Duke, Arizona

My champion: I think UNC will win because historically the No. 1 seeds have won. UNC also is one of the top rebounding teams in the tournament, and rebounding margin is a major statistic this time of year. I also like the way Justin Jackson plays and turns up the intensity for UNC.

LINK: Rocky River High freshman’s talent dazzles coaches, recruiters

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