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Sweet 16 boys basketball countdown: No. 3 North Mecklenburg

North Meck was 24-4 last season under coach Duane Lewis
North Meck was 24-4 last season under coach Duane Lewis

NO. 3 NORTH MECKLENBURG VIKINGS

Head Coach: Duane Lewis (19th year as North Mecklenburg basketball coach).

2016-17 Record: 24-4 (10-2 to win the MECKA 4A Conference championship).

2017-18 Conference: I-Meck 4A Conference.

Returning Starters (3): Jae’Lyn Withers, Jr., SF (6-9); Tristan Maxwell, So., G (6-3); KaVaudrick "Vaud" Worthy, Sr., G (6-2).

Other Key Returnees: Yancey Hairston, Sr., F (6-5); Jabril Griffin, Sr., G (6-1); Tyren Clark, Sr., G/F (6-4); Maleek Luckey, Sr., G (5-11); Corben Strother, Sr., F (6-5); Demarr Anderson, So., G (6-1).

Key Newcomers: N/A.

Outlook: Coach Duane Lewis and the Vikings have averaged 24 wins per season, winning three of the last four conference titles. North Mecklenburg has another loaded team, led by their version of the big three in major Division I recruits in Maxwell (14 ppg), Withers (19 ppg, 9 rpg) and Worthy (10 ppg, 8 apg). While this Vikings’ team’s first goal will be to win the conference title, they are eager to prove they can playing for a state championship in March, and have experience and talent to go all the way.

--JAY EDWARDS

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