Mount Airy • Sophomore • 6-3• Power Forward
Greene helped Mount Airy reach the NCHSAA Class 1-A Western regional semifinals and averaged 16.4 points and 10.8 rebounds. He shot 76 percent from the free-throw line this past season. He was also named all-conference in the Northwest 1-A, and he also had a career high of 37 points in a Northwest 1-A game.
“He’s an incredible athlete. He does so many things for us — rebounding, scoring, running the floor really well,” coach Levi Goins of Mount Airy said.
“And most importantly he changes the mindset of other teams offensively,’’ Goins said. “So his rim protection is really unparalleled in our area.”
“We still got him two more years. I’m very proud of him to be a sophomore and selected for All-Northwest, is a big deal.”
Forsyth Country Day • Junior • 6-1• Point Guard
Greene was named all-conference in the PACIS 3-A and went over the 1,000-point mark in his career. According to Furies coach Howard West, Wofford, Liberty, Radford, Appalachian State, Furman are recruiting him.
“I’ve really enjoyed coaching him, obviously, from the time I met him,” West said. “He’s been a competitor. He’s been the kind of kid that’s a gym rat. He wants to play. He wants to work out. He wants to practice. He wants to get better.
“If you can get more than one of them it’s really, really good. It’s always great to have at least one. But when you can get more than one of them it just takes the rest of the team right along with them because they’re such a big influence on their teammates.”
North Surry • Senior • 5-11• Guard
Hawks finished his four-year career with more than 1,500 points and 500 assists, which is a school record. He is a three-time all-Western Piedmont Athletic 2-A conference member and was named this season’s conference player of the year, leading the Greyhounds to reach the NCHSAA Class 2-A championship game. Hawks was also named to last year’s All-Northwest team and has committed to play at Lenoir-Rhyne.
“He’s started every game for four years except for senior night his junior year,” coach Kevin King of North Surry said. “So he’s been on the floor for some really, really big games in some really big moments. And he has never been one to shy away from the moment.He has been phenomenal in just that killer instinct.”
West Forsyth • Junior • 6-6• Forward/Center
Henry helped the Titans in reaching the NCHSAA Class 4-A Western regional semifinals and was named all-Central Piedmont 4-A conference. He also helped the Titans in winning the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic Champion bracket and was named all-tournament. He was named second-team NCBCA and is being heavily recruited in football.
“He’s handled (football recruiting) really well,” coach Rusty LaRue of West Forsyth said. “He loves basketball and loves to play. Obviously he has a bright future ahead of him in football. I’ve known him a long time. He’s known my boys since he was in fifth grade. So he’s been around our family a long time. I think he’s handled it really well. He’s a competitor by nature, so just loves to get out there and compete.”
North Forsyth • Junior • 6-6• Guard
Hicks was named the Mid-Piedmont 3-A player of the year, a three-time all-conference selection and is a returning member to the All-Northwest team. According to coach Sean Vestal, Hicks is receiving some Division I interest.
“He’s been a three-year starter for us, and we’re fortunate enough to have him around for another year,” Vestal said. “He played better this year than last year. His concept and grasp of the game was a whole lot better, as far as like an all-around game.”
“I think the first three years he was all about scoring the ball, and this year, he was like, ‘Let’s try get eight rebounds a game. Let’s try to get about four or five assists.’
Southwest Guilford • Senior • 6-2• Guard
Langley is one of three Langley brothers who helped the Cowboys finish 28-3 and win the NCHSAA Class 4-A championship. He was named all-Piedmont Triad 4-A for three seasons and was twice named the Sheetz Invitational MVP. He has committed to play at N.C. A&T.
“He changed the culture of what we do,” coach Guy Shavers of Southwest Guilford said. “He came in his freshman year and, after one of his first games, he said, ‘Have you loaded the film in crossover? Crossover is what we use, to look at film, to show highlights and all that other good stuff…’
After about a month that first year, Shavers said Langley was like a coach.
“By Christmastime he had everybody on the team broken up into pods of two or three watching film,” Shavers said. “And that’s where we really turned the corner.”
Southwest Guilford • Sophomore • 6-1• Guard
Langley is the brother of twins Kameron and Kobe Langley who also play for the Cowboys. He was named Most Outstanding Player in the NCHSAA Class 4-A championship against Raleigh Leesville Road. He has been named all-Piedmont Triad 4-A his first two seasons. He has verbally committed to Virginia Tech.
“Coming in, he’s kind of quiet and mild-mannered. He comes to my room every day three times a day,” coach Guy Shavers of Southwest Guilford said. So he really cares about people, but what’s amazing about Keyshaun is everything he’s gotten he’s had to work for it…
“I hate to say this, but I think he’s the one. He’s the one that could just turn out to be like truly special.”
Southwest Guilford • Sophomore • 6-1• Guard
Langley helped Southwest Guilford to a 28-3 record and won MVP in the NCHSAA Class 4-A championship. He was twice named all-Piedmont Triad 4-A and shot 48 percent from the field this past season. He has also committed to Virginia Tech along with his brother Keyshaun Langley.
“Kobe is just super athletic,” coach Guy Shavers of Southwest Guilford said. “He’s got one of the best left-handed jump shots I’ve ever seen. Left-handers usually have that funny little hitch in their shot and stuff.
“He’s athletic and his potential is basically unlimited. His challenge, of course is, he’s a point guard in a shooting guard or small forward’s body.” But he’s probably got a 40-whatever-inch vertical jump. His knowledge and his work ethic is really special, too, in a little different way.”
West Forsyth • Senior • 6-5• Guard
LaRue made the team from West Forsyth, which lost in the NCHSAA Class 4-A Western regional semifinals. LaRue was all-tournament selection in the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic. He’s also the son of coach Rusty LaRue of West Forsyth.
“I’m really happy for him because he had a great senior year,” Rusty LaRue said. “He missed a lot of last year with his back injury. He did a lot for us, not only the court, but just off the court, leadership- wise.
“He was a big part of why we did what we did offensively all year. I’m just really happy for him because he’s a great kids who’s worked really hard to get where he was.”
West Forsyth • Senior • 5-11• Guard
McCluney transferred from Reagan and was named the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic Champion bracket MVP after the Titans defeated Winston-Salem Prep in the championship game. He injured his foot just before the end of the regular season and played sparingly during the postseason.
“Justin’s one I’ve known for a long time,” coach Rusty LaRue of West Forsyth said. “I coached him when Riley, Cooper and Maverick (LaRue’s sons) were like 10-11 years old back when I ran the basketball academy.
“He was a really good fit, not only basketball-wise, but just his attitude, the type of kid he is he brought to the table.” He brought us a great dimension, as well, just with his ability to score the ball.”
North Surry • Senior • 6-3• Wing
Phillips helped guide the Greyhounds to a runner-up finish in the NCHSAA Class 2-A championship in Raleigh. He finished his career with 1,300 points and was a two-time Western Piedmont Athletic 2-A all-conference selection, winning player of the year this season. He has committed to play at Catawba.
“Carter really, really had a fantastic season this past year,” coach Kevin King of North Surry said. “We talked over the summer about moving from being known just as a good shooter to being a great scorer.
“He really, really bought into that. He went from being a guy that would have good games when he shot the ball well to being a guy that was capable of having a good scoring night even when he wasn’t necessarily shooting it well from the perimeter.”
Northwest Guilford • Junior • 6-4• Guard
Turner was all Piedmont Triad 4-A in both football and basketball. According to coach Lee Reavis of Northwest Guilford, Turner is being recruited by UNC Greensboro, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Western Carolina, Appalachian State and Yale for basketball. He helped lead the Vikings to a 21-6 record.
“He’s been a good teammate and handled all of his success and his attention with a good head on his shoulders, and he’s been very humble about it,” Reavis said.
“When you’re up in the 20s in football offers, and power football offers, and you’ve got the Florida States and the Oklahomas of the world coming in, it could very easily get to a 16-, 17-, 18-year-old. You stop doing the things that got you to this point athletically and academically. That hasn’t happened.”
Mount Tabor • Junior • 6-3• Guard
Wilkins was named the Frank Spencer Award winner as the top boys player for the Journal in the Northwest. He made 42 3-pointers. He was named the Central Piedmont 4-A’s player of the year. Wilkins has improved from year to year, and coach Andy Muse said he’s working hard to get better. He is being recruited by Wake Forest, High Point, Wichita State and Winthrop.
“He’s a terrific scorer and can score many different ways,” coach Andy Muse of Mount Tabor said. “He can hit the 3-ball, he can step up and pump fake you and knock down the mid-range (jump shot). And he can get to the rim.”
“He scores in a variety of ways. Offensively, he can get it done against anybody.”
Winston-Salem Prep • Senior • 6-7• Forward/Center
Williams was a three-time all-conference player in the Northwest 1-A. He is also a big-bodied player who helped the Phoenix to a 25-4 record. He was named to the NCPreps.com all-state team and is being recruited by Bucknell, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Navy and Fayetteville State.
“He can shoot from outside, spread the floor. He’s got good hands, good footwork,” coach Andre Gould of Winston-Salem Prep said.
“He absorbed a lot of double teams this year, and actually the last two years,” Gould said. “But he’s done a good job of holding his composure. And overall he’s been successful in the program, as well.”
Gould said that Williams hasn’t decided on which school he’ll attend.
“At the end of the day he’s not going to just settle for anything,” Gould said.
Winston-Salem Prep • Junior • 6-1• Guard
Williamson was named the player of year in the Northwest 1-A, and he was also named all-conference the past three seasons. He was the floor leader for the Phoenix, which went to the NCHSAA Class 1-A Western regional semifinals. According to coach Andre Gould, Williamson is being recruited by Miami, Tulsa, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, Radford, Appalachian State, UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion.
“I believe the sky’s the limit for him,” Gould said. “He’s started to grow. He’s going to get taller. He’s a legit 6-1, 6-2 right. He’s got long arms. He’s putting on a little more weight. He’ll get a little stronger. As good as he is, I don’t even think he’s really gotten to that next level. I don’t see him tapping out yet.”
All-Northwest Coach of the Year
Southwest Guilford’s Shavers helped lead the Cowboys to a 28-3 overall record and an NCHSAA Class 4-A state championship after a 73-49 win over Raleigh Leesville Road. The Cowboys also defeated rival Northwest Guilford in the Piedmont Triad 4-A conference title. Shavers also coached brothers, Kameron, Kobe and Keyshaun Langley, all of whom made this season’s All-Northwest team.
“That was awesome (to be named Boys Coach of the Year), especially because technically we are not in Winston,” Shavers said. “One of the things I can’t wait for is this summer to talk to my peers. I’ve grown to have a lot of respect for the coaches and the coaches respect me.
“And they tell me they appreciate the way we play. So for those peers to vote that for me that was special.”