To help tip off the 2017-18 high school basketball season, we gathered some of the area’s top seniors, along with North Carolina’s top-ranked junior. An introduction, from left to right, of the players in the photo:
Rechon Black, Cox Mill, 6-8, Sr., W: Black signed with North Carolina Wednesday and is returning to Concord after playing his junior year in Florida with national power Montverde Academy.
Hunter Tyson, Piedmont, 6-8, Sr, F: An all-state pick as a junior, Tyson -- known for his sweet outside shot -- signed with Clemson Wednesday.
Devon Dotson, Providence Day, 6-1, Sr., PG: A top 25 nationally ranked senior, Dotson was all-state last season and was Observer Player of the Year in Mecklenburg County. He signed with Kansas.
Wendell Moore, Cox Mill, 6-6, Jr., G: A top 30 national recruit, Moore led his team to a 3A state title as a sophomore and won a gold medal with USA Basketball last summer.
Trey Wertz, Providence Day, 6-5, Sr., G: An all-state and first team Charlotte Observer pick, Wertz helped lead the Chargers, 2016 state champions, to a third straight Final Four last season. He signed with Santa Clara.
Nate Hinton, Gaston Day, 6-6, Sr., G: Hinton exploded onto the national scene with a strong summer with the Team Loaded organization after leading his high school team to the semifinals. The all-state pick signed with Houston.
Isaac Suffren, Providence Day, 6-3, Sr., G: One of the most athletic guards in the state, Suffren is rapidly picking up steam in recruiting circles. He had 18 points, seven rebounds in his team’s first game Friday.
Jairus Hamilton, Cannon School (not pictured in main photo): Reigning Observer Player of the Year in the region last season had 27 points and 15 rebounds in his first game Friday.
Others to watch
Jamarius Burton, Independence, 6-4, Sr., G
Gerrale Gates, Butler, 6-6, Sr., PF
Donovan Gregory, Carmel Christian, 6-4, Jr., G/F
Tristan Maxwell, North Mecklenburg, 6-3, So., G
Qon Murphy, Cannon School, 6-6, Sr., G
Blake Preston, Charlotte Christian, 6-9, Sr., F
Josh Searcy, East Rutherford, 6-5, Sr., F
Jaden Springer, Rocky River, 6-4, So, G
Patrick Williams, West Charlotte, 6-7, Jr., G
Jae’Lyn Withers, North Mecklenburg, 6-9, Jr., F