White repeats as Gatorade NC Boys Player of the Year

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In one of the most talent-rich basketball states in the country, Coby White pulled off an encore presentation Thursday.

For the second straight year, the Greenfield School senior was honored as the Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

White, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard who has signed with the University of North Carolina, averaged a double-double at 31.1 points and 10 rebounds, while handing out an average of eight assists per game.

“It puts an exclamation point on an absolutely phenomenal high school career,” Greenfield head coach Rob Salter said. “I thought he had a great chance to do it again. He deserves it with all the hard work, blood sweat and tears. The numbers and who we’ve done it against — he does it against the best.”

Already selected to the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game in Atlanta, White led the Knights to a 25-10 record and a return to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A championship game. His 3,573 career points are a state record, breaking the previous mark held by JamesOn Curry of Eastern Alamance.

The respect for White extends far and wide, including his opposition in the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference.

“Coby White is the best player I’ve seen at the high school level,” Wayne Christian head coach Victor Young said in a prepared release. “The talent that he demonstrates night in and night out as as a 17 or 18-year-old is amazing. He can score 40, 45 points every night and he defends, he hustles, he’s tough. He can do it all.”

With the North Carolina honor in hand, White advances to consideration for the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award, to be announced later in March. In the classroom, White holds a 3.19 grade point average.

Previous award winners from North Carolina include Edrice “Bam” Adebayo (Kentucky), Dennis Smith Jr. (N.C. State), Keyshawn Woods (Wake Forest), Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina), Rodney Purvis (N.C. State/UConn), Marshall Plumlee (Duke), Reggie Bullock (North Carolina), Ryan Kelly (Duke) and Ty Walker (Wake Forest).