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Concord Robinson’s Lavar Batts is the state’s top basketball recruit in the class of 2017

JM Robinson's Lavar Batts on Friday, October 16, 2015.
JM Robinson's Lavar Batts on Friday, October 16, 2015. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Concord Robinson senior point guard Lavar Batts is the state’s top high school basketball recruit in the class of 2017, according to the Phenom Hoop Report’s latest rankings.

Batts, 17, a 6-foot-1 point guard, has narrowed his college choices to Clemson and Virginia Commonwealth.

Batts led Robinson to the school’s first N.C. 3A state championship last season, beating Fayetteville Sanford 59-55 in Chapel Hill last March. Batts had 16 points, five assists and the assist that led to Daniel Spencer’s championship-sealing bucket.

For the season, Batts averaged 20.7 points and his 1,304 career points is a new school-record. Batts is a three-time, first-team all-conference selection, twice in the Charlotte-based MECKA 4A and in the South Piedmont 3A last season, a league of primarily Cabarrus County teams. He was South Piedmont conference player of the year.

He is one of three Observer-area players ranked in the top 10.

Independence 6-10 center Justyn Hamilton is No. 6, and Weddington’s Ryan Schwieger is No. 8.

Area players in the top 50 included South Meck’s Bryant Thomas (No. 27), North Mecklenburg’s Terrell Sherman (No. 31), West Charlotte’s Melvin Huntley (No. 33), Ardrey Kell’s Wes Morgan (No. 38), a North Florida recruit, Troy Cracknell (No. 41), Garinger’s Rayshawn Neal (No. 43, transferring to Legacy Charter SC) and Charlotte Christian’s Rob Peterson (No. 45)

▪ Several Observer-area players made the Phenom Hoop Report’s updated S.C. rankings for the class of 2017: No. 33 Donaldson Fanord, Fort Mill Walnut Grove; No. 36 Tracus Chisholm, York Prep; No. 51 Gavin Williams, York Prep; No. 52 Brandon Joseph, Fort Mill.

North Carolina 2017 Rankings

Rank

First

Last

Height

City

School

Committed

1

Lavar

Batts

6’4

Concord

JM Robinson

2

Brandon

Huffman

6'9

Raleigh

Word of God

3

Blake

Harris

6'3

Raleigh

Word of God

Washington

4

JP

Moorman

6’7

Greensboro

Greensboro Day

5

JJ

Smith

6'5

Fayetteville

Northwood Temple

6

Justyn

Hamilton

6’10

Charlotte

Independence

7

Carter

Collins

6'1

Chapel Hill

East Chapel Hill

Davidson

8

Ryan

Schwieger

6'6

Indian Trail

Weddington

9

JJ

Miles

6'6

Conway

Newhampton County

10

Jalen

Seegers

6'5

Greensboro

High Point Christian

11

John

Meeks

6'6

Burlington

The Burlington School

12

Todd

Smith

6’3

Fayetteville

Freedom Christian

13

Jaylan

McGill

6'1

Winston Salem

Quality Education

14

Michael

Hueitt

6’2

Fayetteville

Northwood Temple

15

Kameron

Langley

6’1

High Point

SW Guilford

16

Connor

Crabtree

6’5

Hillsborough

Orange

17

David

Caraher

6'6

High Point

Wesleyan

Houston Baptist

18

Kaleb

Hunter

6'5

Raleigh

Neuse Christian

UNC Greensboro

19

Josh

Hopkins

6'4

Greensboro

Dudley

20

James

Moore

6'7

Robersonville

South Creek

21

Milos

Supica

6'8

Fayetteville

Freedom Christian

22

Ian

DuBose

6’3

Raleigh

Ravenscroft

23

Telligence

Johnson

6’3

Fayetteville

Terry Sanford

24

Tyler

Maye

6’1

Wilson

Farmville Central

25

Dontevious

Tatum

6’2

Cary

Cary

26

Zaire

Williams

6’7

Wilson

Winston Salem Prep

27

Bryant

Thomas

6'8

Charlotte

South Meck

28

Deng

Kongdok

6’6

Greensboro

Forest Trail Academy

29

Moses

Wright

6'8

Raleigh

Enloe

30

Tyrell

Kirk

6'4

Whiteville

Whiteville

31

Terrell

Sherman

6'7

Huntersville

North Mecklenburg

32

Jordan

Beale

5'10

Durham

Voyager

33

Melvin

Huntley

6'7

Charlotte

West Charlotte

34

Aaron

Simmons

6’4

Durham

Word of God

35

Jordan

Whitfield

6’0

Raleigh

Millbrook

Campbell

36

Alex

Reed

6’3

Raleigh

Garner

37

Tariq

Simmons

6'2

Winston Salem

Quality Education

38

Wes

Morgan

6’5

Charlotte

Ardrey Kell

North Florida

39

Jordan

Perkins

5’11

Greensboro

Greensboro Day

NC Central

40

Tremain

Lawrence

6’4

Winston Salem

Quality Education

41

Troy

Cracknell

6'5

Charlotte

42

Jacob

Brown

6’8

Winston Salem

Calvary Christian

43

Rayshawn

Neal

6’0

Charlotte

Garinger

44

Jeffrey

Puckett

6’4

Newland

Avery County

45

Rob

Peterson

6'4

Charlotte

Charlotte Christian

46

Austin

Nelson

6’5

Hendersonville

North Henderson

47

Cameron

Robinson

6'5

Winston Salem

Mt Tabor

48

Jalen

Spicer

5'10

Greensboro

Northwest Guilford

49

Jordan

Ratliffe

5'11

Fayetteville

Village Christian

50

Reggie

Davis

6’5

High Point

Northwest Guiford

51

Chris

Martin

5'9

Charlotte

Northside Christian

52

Franklin

Ugochuckwo

6’9

Erwin

Mt Zion

53

TJ

Jeffers

6'4

Burlington

Burlington School

54

Daquan

Lockamy

6'7

Garner

Word of God

55

Ben

Topp

6'7

Cornelius

Hough

56

Jael

Scott

6'4

Charlotte

Phillip O Berry

57

Jeremiah

Pope

6'4

Clinton

Clinton

58

Najhee

Thomas

6'9

Fayetteville

Seventy-First

59

Douglas

Elks

6’4

Raleigh

Ravenscroft

60

Matt

Halvorson

6'

Arden

Christ School

61

Alex

Hunter

5’10

Raleigh

Leesville Rd

62

Sage

Surratt

6’3

Lincolnton

East Lincoln

63

John

Kerr

6'11

Winston Salem

East Forsyth

64

Josh

Helton

6’8

Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain

65

Hendon

Hooker

6’4

Greensboro

Dudley

Va Tech football

66

Ethan

Herring

6'7

Raleigh

Trinity Christian

67

Nassyr

Daniels

6’7

Fayetteville

Village Christian

68

Solomon

Smith

6'5

Greensboro

Greensboro Day

69

Hughston

Finklea

6'4

Monroe

Sun Valley

70

Jorden

Davis

6'

Durham

Durham Academy

71

Jonahan

Mebane

6’4

Raleigh

Leesville Road

72

Andrew

Ziegler

6'2

Charlotte

Evelyn Mack Academy

73

Philip

McKinzie

6'5

Concord

Cannon School

74

Cooper

LaRue

6’4

Lewisville

West Forsyth

75

Ian

Hinkley

6’5

Wake Forest

Heritage

76

Lawrence

Williams

6'6

Wilmington

Freedom Christian

77

Tavion

Atkinson

6’5

Red Springs

Red Springs

78

Malik

Frazier

6’4

Durham

Faith Assembly

79

Patrick

Dorsey

6’5

Raleigh

Millbrook

80

Bates

Jones

6'7

Charlotte

Charlotte Latin

81

Eric

Fox

6'7

Apex

Apex

82

Darius

Spragley

6'2

Rocky Mount

Northern Nash

83

Lazar

Popovic

6'8

Concord

Concord 1st Assembly

84

Logan

Vosburg

6'7

Hillsborough

Orange

85

Jonathan

Gauer

6'3

Raleigh

Fayetteville Christian

86

Cam

Hamilton

5'11

Charlotte

Vance

87

Morgan

McKay

6’8

Arden

Christ School

88

Doreion

Suggs

6'6

Wilson

Greenfield

89

Dante

Hanner

6’5

Siloam

Forest Trail Academy

90

William

Boyd

6’8

Mt Holly

Crossroads Charter

91

Jalen

Knight

5’10

Charlotte

United Faith

92

Jalen

Lowry

6'1

Huntersville

North Mecklenburg

93

Isiah

Reddish

6'5

Durham

Riverside

94

Mason

Hawks

6'1

Mt Airy

North Surry

95

Rashad

Dixon

6’5

Durham

Southern Durham

96

John

Bryan

6'8

Charlotte

Carmel Christian

97

Jordan

Riley

6’6

Durham

Riverside

Tennessee football

98

Quay

Kimble

5'11

Shelby

Shelby

99

Hamsah

Nasrildeen

6'5

Concord

Concord

USC football

100

Coleman

High

6'5

Arden

Christ School

101

David

Funderburg

6'8

Greensboro

Northwest Guilford

102

Shawn

Austin

6'5

Asheville

Carolina Day

103

Justin

Rhode

5’10

Arden

Christ School

104

Reece

Bogan

6'3

High Point

High Point Christian

105

Brandon

Mayhan

6'4

High Point

Forsyth Country Day

106

Brandon

Reeves

6'5

Gastonia

Gaston Day

107

Brandon

Lamberth

6'5

Greensboro

Southwest Guilford

108

AJ

Baldwin

6’

Fayetteville

Cape Fear

109

Dcoda

Cummings

6'

Raeford

Hoke County

110

Henderson

Lentz

6'5

Salisbury

North Rowan

111

Rovel

Ray

6'4

Raeford

Hoke County

112

Dorian

Lewis

6’8

Durham

Prominence

113

Sen

Keannelly

6’6

Morehead City

Episcopal

114

Shammond

Hicks

5’9

Apex

Middle Creek

115

Madison

Cone

5’8

Winston Salem

East Forsyth

Wisconsin football

116

Andrew

Freeman

6'4

Durham

Southern Durham

117

Tyrek

Haywood

6’6

Charlotte

Rocky River

118

Carter

Phillips

6'4

Mt Airy

North Surry

Lees McRae

119

Alec

Hildreth

6’8

Greensboro

Northern Guilford

120

Jarvez

Ellis

6'4

Hope Mills

Village Christian

121

Justin

McCluney

5’9

Winston-Salem

Reagan

122

Michael

Grigg

6'3

Charlotte

Christ the King

123

Daniel

Jackson

6’3

Raleigh

Middle Creek

124

Nilous

Hodge

6'3

Charlotte

Western Christian

125

Jordan

Nelson

6'5

Burlington

The Burlington School

126

Jack

Garrison

6'

East Carteret

127

Malachai

Lewis

6'8

Raleigh

Word of God

128

Taiquan

Bell

6'5

Durham

Jordan

129

Anderson

Keller

6'4

Lenoir

Hibriten

Lees McRae

130

Omari

Wilson

6'4

Fayetteville

Seventy-First

131

Colton

Reed

6'2

Wake Forest

Heritage

132

Demetrius

Butler

5'11

High Point

Western Guilford

133

Shawn

Johnson

6'5

East Carteret

134

Alex

Hagler

5'11

Caldwell County

135

Crishawn

Lindsey

6'3

Glenn

136

Chea

Johnson

5'10

Charlotte

Independence

137

Josh

Haymer

6'1

Fayetteville

Village Christian

138

Ebon

Jay

6'5

Durham

Northern Durham

139

Clay

Watkins

6'10

Chapel Hill

East Chapel Hill

140

Weston

Edwards

6'

Concord

Concord 1st Assembly

141

Seth

Bradbury

6'5

Charlotte

East Meck

142

Zach

Hobbs

6'

Jacksonville

Northside

143

Logan

Bunch

6'10

Raleigh

Athens Drive

144

Nick

Ruggiero

5'10

Harrisburg

Hickory Ridge

145

John

Bowen

6'7

Bladenboro

West Bladen

146

Devin

Williams

6'3

Raleigh

Cardinal Gibbons

147

Dondre

Johnson

6’3

Morrisville

Panther Creek

148

Luke

Carthwright

6’7

Mt Airy

North Surry

149

Camden

Hughes

6'

New Burn

New Burn

150

Erik

Hodge

6’4

Sanford

Lee County

151

Noah

Taylor

6'3

Indian Trail

Porter Ridge

152

Omar

Mohtady

6’4

Mooresville

Lake Norman

153

Bryon

Thorpe

6'

Wake Forest

Heritage

154

Connor

Matthews

6’4

Fayetteville

Jack Britt

155

Jahlil

Carter

6'5

Matthews

Butler

156

Peyton

Truesdale

6'2

Asheville

Carolina Day

157

Don

Pigford

6'5

Greene Central

158

Javier

Rogers

5'7

Durham

Kestrel Academy

159

Noah

Thompson

6'4

Garner

Southeast Raleigh

160

Landon

Lee

6'

Raleigh

North Raleigh Christian

*Last Updated April 2016

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