High School Sports

Ingram, Watts named AP men’s, women’s prep players of year

Brandon Ingram of Kinston has been selected the 2014-15 Associated Press men’s prep basketball player of the year for North Carolina.

In voting results announced Saturday, Stephanie Watts of Weddington was picked as the women’s prep player of the year for the state.

Ingram averaged 24.3 points and 10.4 rebounds while leading Kinston to its fourth straight state title and his second straight finals MVP award.

He earned 14 of a possible 20 votes from sports writers across the state. High Point Wesleyan Christian’s Harry Giles III, a junior regarded as one of the nation’s top recruits, was second with four votes.

Ingram, who can play both guard and forward, is ranked No. 13 nationally by Scout and No. 19 by Rivals, and is considering several top-tier programs such as Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina.

He had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kinston to its most recent state title, a 60-43 win over East Lincoln last month, then had 15 points in the McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday night in Chicago.

Watts won the women’s award by earning 17 of a possible 21 votes. Hickory’s Yazmen Hannah and Charlotte Myers Park’s Aliyah Mazyck each earned two votes after leading their teams to state championships.

Watts, a guard, averaged 29 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 4.7 steals for Weddington this season. She had her third career quadruple-double and is the state’s 11th career leading scorer with 2,556 points.

“It’s just really been a great year for my team and me,” Watts said.

Watts, who scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half of the women’s McDonald’s game, is headed to North Carolina in the fall.

“Every time I went there, it felt like home to me,” Watts said. “The players were just like family to me. The coaching staff was so unbelievable that it just felt like home.”