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Sweet 16 boys basketball countdown: No. 1 Cox Mill

Cox Mill coach Jody Barbee led his team to the N.C. 3A state title and the Sweet 16 championship. His team begins this season where it ended the last one: atop the Observer’s regional basketball poll.
Cox Mill coach Jody Barbee led his team to the N.C. 3A state title and the Sweet 16 championship. His team begins this season where it ended the last one: atop the Observer’s regional basketball poll. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

NO. 1 COX MILL CHARGERS

Head Coach: Jody Barbee (5th year as Cox Mill basketball coach).

Coaching Record: 91-27 at Cox Mill.

2016-17 Record: 27-6 (16-2 in the South Piedmont Conference (SPC)).

2017-18 Conference: South Piedmont Conference/3A.

Returning Starters (4): Wendell Moore, Jr., F/G (6-6); Joel Hall, Sr., F (6-3); Cody Cline, Jr., PG (6-1); Caleb Stone-Carrawell, Jr., F (6-6, 200).

Key Newcomers: Rechon "Leaky" Black, Sr., PG (6-8, 195).

Outlook: The rich are getting richer as the defending 3A state champions add former Concord standout, Rechon "Leaky" Black (North Carolina commit) to an already loaded team with their all-everything star in Moore (25 ppg, 9 rpg, major, Division I recruit) and Stone-Carrawell (8 ppg). Cox Mill’s goal from day one will be repeat as state champions, and with their experience, length and talent anything less would be a disappointment for this team.

--JAY EDWARDS

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