Sports Staff Writers
Andrew (Greensboro, NC): TJ Logan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He sat next to me in creative writing class in high school. Though he was the big man on campus, he was kind and respectful to everyone in school. Logan was a three-time state champion in high school, an All-ACC selection at UNC and a fifth round draft pick in 2017.
Alexis Pitchford (Orlando, FL): The underappreciated Houston Rocket, Austin Rivers. If he stayed in New Orleans, he would still be a franchise point guard. But now he’s a sixth man and a key component to the Rockets lineup. I expect him to be shooting for the sixth man of the year award this year, against Lou Williams. The Winter Park alum from the class of 2011 and five-star athlete went on to be one and done at Duke. During his one year, he hit the game winner in the Dean E. Smith Center over Tyler Zeller that will forever be a highlight in the UNC-Duke rivalry. He brought WPHS’ first state title against Shane Larkin and the Dr. Phillips’ Panthers, and he was also crowned Florida Mr. Basketball, a McDonald’s All-American and the Naismith Prep Player of the Year. At Duke, he was the part of the ACC All-Freshman team, First team All-ACC, and named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2012.
Monique (Rocky Mount, NC): Former Duke Blue Devil Brandon Ingram. He now plays for the New Orleans Pelicans after being part of the Anthony Davis trade. Anyways, Ingram is still a great player in the NBA. His skillset has analysts and other sports personalities comparing him to the illustrious Kevin Durant. They are similar in stature and how they approach the game. Although he doesn’t have an NBA MVP or championship to show for it, let’s not forget that he did win the ACC Player of the Year Award in 2016 during his time at Duke.
Chelsea (Summerfield, NC): Keenan Allen! He is a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers. He graduated from Northern Guilford High School, which is where I attended for my senior year of high school. He’s been in the league since 2013 and is considered a top-20 wideout in the NFL. Operating under the leadership of Philip Rivers, he is a big red zone target.
Brayden (Charlotte, NC): BANG! Stephen Curry drills it from downtown. I’m from Charlotte and the greatest shooter of all time is as well. Steph is Charlotte royalty, too: His father Dell is now the play by play commentator for the Charlotte Hornets and was the franchise’s all time leading scorer before Kemba Walker came along. Anyway, the two-time MVP starred at Charlotte Christian School and has not looked back since.