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Providence Day’s Devon Dotson, Wilson Greenfield’s Coby White tie for top recruit in N.C. 2018 class

Providence Day's Devon Dotson, left, tries to get around Douglas County High's Raphael Rogers during a Hoodie's House National High School Hoop's Classic prep basketball game Monday, December 28, 2015 held at Providence Day School. JASON E. MICZEK - Special to the Observer
Providence Day's Devon Dotson, left, tries to get around Douglas County High's Raphael Rogers during a Hoodie's House National High School Hoop's Classic prep basketball game Monday, December 28, 2015 held at Providence Day School. JASON E. MICZEK - Special to the Observer WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

Providence Day junior point guard Devon Dotson and Wilson Greenfield’s Coby White are tied at No. 1 in the latest Phenom Hoop Report rankings for high school basketball recruits in the N.C. class of 2018.

Phenom Hoop Report is a regional scouting service that is subscribed to by more than 140 Division I schools and covers players in the Carolinas, Virginia and Indiana.

Dotson and White headline a class that’s considered one of the deepest in N.C. history. ESPN ranks White No. 21 nationally in class of 2018 and Dotson No. 57.

Dotson, who turned 17 on Aug. 2, averaged 16.6 points, 4.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals on a state championship team last season that included five double-figure scorers. Providence Day played 11 teams that were nationally ranked, played in the DICKS’ national championship in New York City and Dotson was all-conference (CISAA) and all-state (N.C. Independent Schools 3A).

Dotson, who played his summer ball for Team Charlotte, has more than a dozen Division I offers from schools including Clemson, Florida, Kansas, N.C. State, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest. He took unofficial visits to N.C. State and Wake Forest last week. Later this month, he’ll play in the Under Armour Elite 24 game along with 23 other top national recruits.

Dotson said he had no timetable for trimming his college list or making a decision. He doesn’t have any other unofficial visits scheduled.

“I’m going to probably wait and see how this upcoming school year goes,” he said. “You never know, anything can come up, but I’ve got no set date for when I’m coming out with anything.”

Providence Day basketball coach Brian Field thinks Dotson is only getting better.

"As strange as this may sound, given how well he did last year, I hope it’s a breakout year for him (in 2016-17)," said Field, whose team will play in seven tournaments with highly regarded teams next season. We’ll play on a national stage, and for him to play against some of the premier teams and players will be great. It’ll give him a chance to continue to improve and see his stock rise in the college recruiting world."

White, a 6-foot-5 point guard, averaged 28.2 points, eight rebounds and seven assists last season at Greenfield, a school about three hours east of Charlotte. His 960 points last season was a school-record. He scored 46 in a game to break the single-game school record set by Harlem Globetrotter Anthony Atkinson.

Earlier this summer, White -- who played his summer ball for Chris Paul’s CP3 16-and-under travel team -- received an offer to play at North Carolina and committed to the Tar Heels a few days later.

▪ White’s future UNC teammate, Rechon “Leaky” Black was previously the top N.C. recruit in 2018 by most in-state services, including Phenom Hoop Report, but Black, a 6-8 point guard, transferred from Concord High last month and enrolled at Montverde Academy, near Orlando, Fla. He has been dropped from N.C. rankings. Black is ranked No. 26 by ESPN nationally.

▪ There were more than 130 players ranked in the N.C. 2018 Phenom Hoop Report rankings, and several Observer-area stars made the top 50: No. 4 Jairus Hamilton, Cannon; No. 5 Hunter Tyson Piedmont; No. 9 Trey Wertz, Providence Day; No. 14 Quan McCluney, Gaston Day; No. 16 Nate Hinton, Gaston Day; No. 17 Qon Murphy, Cannon School; No. 24 Nate Springs, Myers Park; No. 25 Jamarius Burton, Independence; No. 27 Kody Shubert, Lincoln Charter; No. 28 Jon Hicklin, United Faith; No. 35 Dominick Welch, Charlotte Liberty Heights; No. 36 M.J Armstrong, Gaston Day; No. 37 D.J. Little, Butler; No. 41 Isaac Suffren, Providence Day; No. 44 Vaud Worthy, North Mecklenburg; No. 49 Michael Wynn, Charlotte Liberty Heights; No. 50 Madison Monroe, SouthLake Christian

▪ In the Phenom Hoop Report South Carolina 2018 rankings, Spartanburg Day’s Zion Williamson, a consensus top five national recruit is No. 1. Among Observer-area players, York Prep 6-6 forward Jaron Williams is No. 10, York Prep 6-1 guard Maliek Wilcox is No. 35, Fort Mill Nation Ford 6-10 center Travell Crosby is No. 41.

Phenom Hoop Report Class of 2018 Rankings

Rank

First

Last

Ht.

City

School

Committed

1

Devon

Dotson

6'1

Charlotte

Providence Day

1

Coby

White

6'5

Wilson

Greenfield

UNC

3

Jaylan

Hoard

6'8

High Point

Wesleyan

4

Jarius

Hamilton

6'8

Concord

Cannon School

5

Hunter

Tyson

6'7

Monroe

Piedmont HS

6

Joel

Ntambwe

6'8

Winston Salem

Forest Trails Academy

7

Giir

Ring

6'7

Arden

Christ School

8

John

Newman

6'6

Greensboro

Greensboro Day

9

Trey

Wertz

6'5

Charlotte

Providence Day

10

Kris

Monroe

6'8

Raleigh

St David's

11

Immanuel

Bates

6'10

Fayetteville

Northwood Temple

12

Will

Dillard

6'2

Greensboro

Greensboro Day

13

Elijah

McCadden

6'5

Rocky Mount

Greenfield

14

Quan

McCluney

6'6

Gastonia

Gaston Day

15

Malik

Johnson

6'0

Fayetteville

Terry Sanford

16

Nate

Hinton

6'4

Gastonia

Northside Christian

17

Qon

Murphy

6'5

Huntersville

Hough

18

Jaylen

Gainey

6'9"

Greensboro

Ben L Smith

19

Tre

Turner

6'4

Greensboro

Northwestern Guilford

20

Antonio

Daye

6'2

Durham

Southern Durham

21

Josiah

jeffers

6'1

Burlington

The Burlington School

22

Jack

Hemphill

6'8

Raleigh

Ravenscroft

23

Jomaru

Brown

6'0

Durham

Southern Durham

24

Nate

Springs

6'11

Charlotte

Myers Park

25

Jomarius

Burton

6'4

Charlotte

Independence

26

Andy

Pack

6'4

Greensboro

Northern Guilfrod

27

Kody

Shubert

5'11

Denver

Lincoln Charter

28

Jonathan

Hicklin

6'3

Charlotte

United Faith

29

Adafe

Price

6'6

Albemarle

West Stanly

30

Elbert

Ellis

6'3

Durham

Kestrel Heights

31

Jerron

McAllister

6'2

Wake Forest

Heritage

32

Justice

Goodloe

6'2

Winston-Salem

Winston Salem Prep

33

Tripp

Greene

6'1

Lewisville

Forsyth Country Day

34

Ibrahim

Dodo

6'7

Winston Salem

Forest Trails Academy

35

Dominick

Welch

6'5

Charlotte

Liberty Heights

36

MJ

Armstrong

6'2"

Gastonia

Gaston Day

37

DJ

Little

6'2

Matthews

Butler

38

Anthony

Hicks

6'5

Winston-Salem

North Forsyth

39

Trey

Cousins

6'

Burlington

Burlington School

40

Daivien

Williamson

6'1

Winston-Salem

Winston Salem Prep

41

Isaac

Sufferen

6'2

Charlotte

Myers Park

42

Demetric

Horton

6'5

Garner

Garner

43

Ian

Steere

6'8

Fayetteville

Wesleyan Christian

44

Vaud

Worthy

6'2

Charlotte

North Mecklenburg

45

Jayden

Gardner

6'6

Wake Forest

Heritage

46

Jackson

Bell

6'6

Hickory

Moravian Prep

47

Bryant

Randleman

6'3

Durham

Durham Academy

48

Josh

Cottrell

6'1

Hayesvile

Hayesville

49

Michael

Wynn

6'5

Charlotte

Liberty Heights

50

Madison

Monroe

6'2

Huntersville

Southlake Christian

51

Hayden

Mann

6'4

Mebane

Eastern Alamance

52

Kenyon

Burt

6'6

Garner

Garner

53

Ricky

Clemmons

6'2

Rollesville

Rollesville

54

Josh

Searcy

6'4

Rutherfordton

North Central

55

Silas

Love

6'7

Raeford

Hoke County

56

Tai

Giger

6'1`

Asheville

Carolian Day School

57

Daymann

Harvey

6'4

Charlotte

58

KJ

Henry

6'5

Lewisville

West Forsyth

59

Karl

Hankton

6'8

Charlotte

United Faith

60

Sam

Okauru

6'4

Raleigh

North Raleigh Christian

61

Trey

Murphy

6'1

Cary

Cary Academy

62

Dakari

Johnson

6'0

Fayetteville

Village Christian

63

Caleb

Maulden

6'6

Salisbury

West Rowan

64

Tyzhaun

Claude

6'7

Goldsboro

Cox Mill

65

Maverick

LaRue

6'3

Lewisville

West Forsyth

66

Damon

Harge

5'11

Arden

Christ School

67

Ramello

Williams

6'3

Wilmington

New Hanover

68

Cameron

Lee

6'5

Albemarle

Albemarle

69

Zach

Newkirk

6'0

Apex

Word of God

70

Leon

Williams

6'8

Charlotte

Myers Park

71

Jordan

Love

6'4

Durham

Voyager Academy

72

Jalin

Thorne

6'8"

Fayetteville

Westover

73

Derek

Brandon

6'3

Greensboro

New Garden Friends

74

Adrian

Delph

6'3

Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain

75

Carlos

Nuttry

6'3

Kernersville

Forest Trails Academy

76

Dravon

Mangum

6'6

Roxboro

Person

77

Nico

Barnes

6'8

Tarboro

NE Carolina Prep

78

Josh

Aldrich

6'5

Wilmington

New Hanover

79

Maurice

Wilcox

5'10"

Raleigh

Neuse Christian

80

Isaiah

Tatum

6'

Raleigh

Word of God

81

Jehlon

Johnson

6'8

Denver

Lincoln Charter

82

Ben

Bowen

6'8

Stokesdale

West Stokes

83

Steven

Randle

6'8"

Winston Salem

North Forsyth

84

Jimmie

Sanders

5'8

Goldsboro

Wayne Country Day

85

Jeremy

Robinson

6'4

Raleigh

Broughton

86

Brett

Swilling

6'6

Charlotte

Carmel Christian

87

Arshon

King

6'5

Fayetteville

EE Smith

88

DaMar

Sutton

6'4

Elizabeth City

Northeastern

89

Jordan

Twyman

5'10

High Point

High Point Central

90

Malcolm

Wade

6'

Indian Trail

Metrolina Christian

91

Marque

Maultby

6'1

Garner

Garner

92

Rafael

Jenkins

5'7

Charlotte

Carmel Christian

93

Chris

Barnette

6'

Raleigh

Ravenscroft

94

Justin

McRae

6'2

Laurinburg

Scotland County

95

Jaylin

Gamble

6'8

High Point

Andrews

96

Jalen

Ellerbe

6'2

Garner

Garner

97

Tre

Harvey

6'4

Burlington

Western Alamance

98

Jamarius

Hairston

6'4

Salisbury

Carson

99

Darius

Robinson

6'8

Durham

Southern Durham

100

Jalen

Johnson

6'

Durham

Northern Durham

101

Scott

Harvey

6'8"

Cornelius

Christ the King

102

Kenny

Dye

6'

Jacksonville

Northside

103

Zion

Autry

6'5

Clinton

Clinton

104

Jalen

Harris

6'3

Charlotte

Olympic

105

AJ

Gallagher

6'7

106

D'Elliot

Greenwade

6'7"

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

107

Andrew

Tuanzma

6'5

Raleigh

Knightdale

108

Zion

Hendrix

5'10

Concord

Cannon School

109

Freddie

Taylor

5'9

Wilmington

New Hanover

110

Chris

Jackson

5'11

Charlotte

Queens Grant

111

Tyler

Smith

6'6

Morrisville

Panther Creek

112

Darren

Oates

6'1

Goldsboro

Wayne Christian

113

Amiri

Waddell

6'6

Charlotte

Comenius School

114

Bailey

Benham

6'6"

Concord

Concord First Assembly

115

Ricky

Council

5'11

Durham

Northern Durham

116

Ari

Williams

6'3

Brevard

Brevard

117

Niem

Ratliffe

5'8

Laurinburg

Scotland County

118

Camron

McNeil

6'3

Raleigh

St David's

119

Gerrale

Gates

6'5

Charlotte

Butlerl

120

DaJuan

Waters

5'9

Goldsboro

Wayne Country Day

121

Greyson

Collins

6'

Greensboro

Ragsdale

122

Jabari

Brown

5'10

Raleigh

Millbrook

123

Brendan

Palmer

6'6

Winston Salem

Calvary Baptist

124

London

England

6'5

Denver

Lincoln Charter

125

Isaiah

McLean

5'11

Creedmoor

South Granville

126

Shandrea

Roland

6'5

Southside

Southside

127

Messiah

Pankey

6'

Raleigh

Trinity of Raleigh

128

Chase

Praeger

5'9

Cornelius

Hough

129

Riley

Adams

6'0

Morrisville

Panther Creek

130

Ryan

Pollock

6'2

Charlotte

Charlotte Catholic

131

Jahlen

King

6'

Yanceyville

Bartlet Yancey

132

Nick

DeCapite

6'3

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill

133

Alon

Parker

5'9

Concord

Concord

134

Hayden

Edgar

6'6

Wilmington

New Hanover

**Last Updated August 2016

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