High School Sports

Hough’s Luke Maye commits to North Carolina

Hough High boys’ basketball forward Luke Maye has committed to North Carolina, his father, Mark, told the Observer.

“He’s looking forward to it,” Mark said. “He’s real excited. He’s always been a big Tar Heels fan. He’s fired up and looking forward to playing for coach (Roy) Williams.”

Maye, a 6-foot-8 senior, chose the Tar Heels over Clemson and Davidson. He also had offers from Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Notre Dame and Virginia.

Mark Maye was a three-sport high school star at Independence High who played football at North Carolina during the 1980s.

Luke Maye averaged 19 points and 15 rebounds as a junior when he was named All-Observer for the second straight season.


Guilford County Schools reported four ineligible players from Greensboro Dudley to the N.C. High School Athletic Association on Tuesday morning. Each of those players dressed out for Friday’s 50-21 win against Southeast Guilford. One of those players participated in the game. Dudley (10-0) has won 25 straight and is reigning N.C. 4A champion.

Each of the four players were part of Dudley’s junior varsity, whose season ended Thursday. NCHSAA rules allow freshmen and sophomores to play up to eight quarters per week.

Juniors on junior varsity teams are not allowed to play on the varsity in the same week. The player who participated in Friday’s game was a junior. He participated in the final two plays. According to Guilford County Schools, even though only one of the four students played in the game, NCHSAA rules say students who dress for a game are considered participating.

The penalty for the violation is a $500 fine and Dudley must forfeit the Southeast Guilford game. In addition, Dudley is not permitted to participate in the playoffs. Dudley appealed the decision.

A new NCHSAA rule says any game forfeiture that impacts a team’s record and seeding also will impact its participation in playoffs, if brackets are finalized. Dudley’s one-game forfeit would affect its record and seeding. Playoff brackets were finalized Saturday.

If the ruling holds, Dudley will forfeit its first-round game Friday against Jamestown Ragsdale (6-5). Dudley is the No. 1 overall seed in the West. Ragsdale is 16th, or last. Ragsdale then would advance to play the winner of Friday's Vance-Mooresville game, opening up the bracket for the Charlotte-area teams and everyone else in the West.

• Davidson Day’s Jack Carter has been selected to play in the adidas Football University freshman All-American game Jan. 3 in San Antonio. Carter is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound offensive lineman/defensive end for the Patriots. … Davidson Day eighth-grade quarterback Hayes Grier – brother of 2013 national player of the year Will Grier – will play in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl on Dec. 20 in Naples, Fla.

• Former Charlotte Latin star Paul Griggs was named Big Ten Special Teams player of the week. Griggs, a junior at Purdue, kicked three field goals against Wisconsin, including a 53-yarder and a 52-yarder. He became the first player in school history to make two kicks longer than 50 yards in one game.