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Less than 24 hours after a 45-point performance against Raleigh Word of God, Greenfield School senior Coby White arguably received his greatest honor in a decorated high school basketball career.
White, who has eclipsed the 3,000-point mark for his career and was the 2016-17 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, was selected to participate in the 41st annual McDonald’s All-American Game, set for March 28 in Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
The 12-player East and West rosters were released Tuesday afternoon, with White earning a spot on the East team. He is now one of 36 players all-time to be selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game and the first from The Wilson Times readership area.
Devon Dotson of Charlotte Providence Day was the other boys selection from North Carolina.
White, a 6-foot-5 guard who has signed with the University of North Carolina, is the top-ranked player in the state and the No. 5-ranked point guard nationally. His fellow signee in the Tar Heels’ 2018 class, small forward Nassir Little of Orlando Christian Prep, will be playing on the West roster.
Greenfield head coach Rob Salter said that he was so confident of White’s selection that his plane ticket to the March 28 game had long since been booked.
“I’m just very excited,” Salter said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I love to see my guys dreams come true. He’s put in the work. This has been a dream of his, and he’s achieved it.”
White’s East teammates include R.J. Barrett, a 6-7 small forward who has signed with Duke and is considered the top overall prospect in the class of 2018. They will be joined by Moses Brown, Darius Garland (Vanderbilt), Louis King (Oregon), Romeo Langford, David McCormick (Kansas), E.J. Montgomery, Immanuel Quickley (Kentucky), Naz Reid (LSU), Jalen Smith (Maryland), and Zion Williamson. Williamson, a 6-6 power forward, is expected to announce his college destination this weekend.
White reacted to the All-American announcement on his Twitter account.
“Today a life long dream came true and I owe it all to God. Thanks to everyone who supported me alone the way, you are all appreciated. Thank you to @McDAAG for the opportunity!! Dad we did it only if you could see me now. #Burgerboy #FMF”
White, with 3,127 career points, is fast closing in on the North Carolina all-time scoring record for a career, currently held by JamesOn Curry of Eastern Alamance from 2000-04 with 3,307. The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, of which Greenfield is a member, does not keep such records. The game will be televised by ESPN and begins at 7 p.m.