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Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 boys basketball countdown: Concord Robinson

Concord Robinson's Lavar Batts Jr. is the top ranked recruit in the NC basketball class of 2017. He's committed to VCU and returns for a senior season on a high. In his last high school game, he and his father, who is his high school coach, won a N.C. 3A state championship.
Concord Robinson's Lavar Batts Jr. is the top ranked recruit in the NC basketball class of 2017. He's committed to VCU and returns for a senior season on a high. In his last high school game, he and his father, who is his high school coach, won a N.C. 3A state championship. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Note: the Observer is revealing teams in its preseason Sweet 16 poll, but not the order. The order will be revealed in Sunday’s print editions

JAY M. ROBINSON BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Lavar Batts, Sr. (3rd year as Jay M. Robinson basketball coach)

Coaching Career Record: 48-10

2015-16 Record: 29-3 (17-1 to win South Piedmont conference title/also 3A state champions)

Returning Starters: Lavar Batts (Jr.), Sr., PG (6-3, 170); Javonte Misenheimer, Sr., PF (6-4, 195).

Key Newcomers: N/A.

Outlook: Defending their 3A state championship with only two starters returning won’t be an easy task for the Bulldogs. But Jay M. Robinson returns one of the state’s most dynamic guards in senior Lavar Batts, Jr. (20 ppg, VCU commit), who loves the biggest games (3A state championship MVP). The Bulldogs now look to defend both their SPC and state titles, but will need some young players to step forward to do so.

--JAY EDWARDS

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