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UNC recruit Coby White repeats as NC Gatorade player of the year

Greenfield's Coby White (0), seen playing in last month’s N.C. Independent Schools state championship game, was named a two-time N.C. Gatorade player of the year Thursday
Greenfield's Coby White (0), seen playing in last month’s N.C. Independent Schools state championship game, was named a two-time N.C. Gatorade player of the year Thursday newobserver.com

UNC recruit Coby White, the state’s all-time leading scorer, has been named the 2018 N.C. Gatorade player of the year. White also won the award for the 2016-17 season.

The Gatorade award honors athletic excellence and also “high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.” White is now a candidate for the Gatorade National player of the year award, which will be announced later this month.

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White is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior guard who will play in the McDonald’s All-American game. He led Greenfield School, in Wilson, to a 25-10 record this season and a N.C. 1A Independent Schools state championship game appearance.

White, who has a 3.19 GPA, averaged 31.1 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and finished his career with a N.C. record 3,573 points.

A devoted member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, White has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports camps.

“Coby White is the best player I’ve seen at the high school level,” said Victor Young, head coach at Wayne Christian School. “The talent that he demonstrates night in and night out as a 17 or 18-year-old is amazing. He can score 40, 45 points every night and he defends, he hustles, he’s tough. He can do it all.”

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