Coby White becomes No. 1 scorer in North Carolina high school basketball history
The state of North Carolina has produced a multitude of talented basketball players, future NBA legends and prolific scorers like former Tar Heels commit JamesOn Curry.
Curry, who has held the state scoring record since 2004, was originally signed on to play basketball for the Tar Heels. He had his scholarship pulled due to legal troubles, though, and later went on to play at Oklahoma State for three years.
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Curry was a two-time Associated Press All-State selection, and averaged better than 40 points, seven rebounds, and six assists per game as a senior at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, North Carolina. In doing so, he became the state’s all-time leading scorer, totaling 3,307 career points.
That ended on Saturday when Greenfield senior and UNC signee Coby White scored 41 points in a 74-68 loss to Northside at the Rock the Ribbon Roundball Shootout in Lexington, Virginia.
White now sits at 3,325 points as the state’s new all-time scoring leader, and he still has two more regular season games left to pad his record.
The five-star combo guard was recently invited to the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game, set to tip on March 28th in Atlanta. He’s one of two Tar Heels, along with top-10 prospect Nassir Little, who will take part in the annual event.
And just last month, White broke a 27-year-old John Wall Family Foundation Holiday Invitational tournament record held by former Tar Heel great Donald Williams. He scored 119 points in the three-day tournament, capped off by a 41-point performance in the final game that propelled him past the mark set nearly three decades prior.
After losing his dad in the summer of 2017, White stated that he was dedicating the rest of his basketball career to him and set three goals for the upcoming season: become a McDonald’s All-American, break the state scoring record, and help Greenfield win a state title.
With two goals down, White’s focus will now move to helping his team win the North Carolina Independent Schools 1A state title.
And don’t be surprised if it happens. The future Tar Heel has the motivation, determination and talent to do just that.