One of North Carolina’s top high school basketball players will finish his high school career outside of the state.
Concord High’s Rechon “Leaky” Black will play his junior and senior seasons at national power Montverde Academy, just outside Orlando, Fla. Black committed to North Carolina in January.
Black, a 6-foot-7 point guard, is a top 30 recruit nationally and was the state’s No. 1 high school recruit in the class of 2018. He plans to leave Concord early next month to move into his dorm and get acclimated before school begins.
Black’s father, Chon, said the move was about one thing: getting his son ready to compete for a starting job at UNC during the 2018-19 season.
Chon Black said his son considered Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and Oak Hill (Va.) before choosing Montverde, which has won several Dick’s Sporting Goods national high school championships under coach Kevin Boyle. Montverde also is the alma mater of the Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell..
Concord coach “Jason Stowe is one of my best friends,” Chon Black said, “but the biggest thing for (Rechon) now is to get prepared to be able to compete when he gets to Chapel Hill. And with us exploring our options, academically and athletically, Montverde has a history of preparing kids for college to play on at a high level.”
Chon Black said leaving a Concord was difficult. He is one of the school’s all-time leading scorers and his wife, Carla, was once principal there.
“We love Concord,” Chon Black said. “My whole family graduated from Concord, but under the current circumstances, we felt that Montverde would be the best fit.”
Said Rechon Black in a statement:
“In the next two years, God willing, I will be able to finish my high school career and be completely prepared to take on the challenge of being a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. This is a blessing and has been a dream of mine for a long time.
“After discussing this with my parents and my coaches, I have decided to enroll into Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. I will be able to continue as a student-athlete and compete with and against players from all over the world.”