North Carolina recruiting: Several Tar Heels signees, targets remain in playoff hunt

Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the DieHards.com team. Read his daily notebooks  here  at 7 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday. In this edition, we discuss where several Tar Heels signees and targets stand in their state championship pursuits.

Coby White, Greenfield fall in state championship

A wild and successful season came to a close for North Carolina Class of 2018 signee Coby White on Saturday.

The 5-star combo guard and Greenfield beat the Burlington School on Friday to advance to the North Carolina Independent Schools 1A state championship, where it faced off against Trinity Christian and 5-star Class of 2019 Duke commit Joey Baker.

Unfortunately for White, Greenfield fell 70-62 in the game, according to The News & Observer’s J. Mike Blake, though not for a lack of trying on his part. White led all players in the game with 25 points, extending his lead on the all-time state record for career points, which he set in January.

Even with the loss, Greenfield finished an impressive 25-10.

Baker, who North Carolina pursued before he committed to Duke, also impressed with 16 points of his own.

Armando Bacot, Trinity Episcopal win Virginia Prep League title

While the weekend didn’t go the way White and his teammates had hoped, Tar Heels Class of 2019 target Armando Bacot and Trinity Episcopal continued to steamroll through its schedule.

Over the weekend, Trinity Episcopal played in two games in the Virginia Prep League tournament in Richmond, Va. The team easily handled St. Christopher’s on Friday to set up a Saturday night championship matchup against Collegiate, which the Titans again easily won 86-59 to capture its second straight VPL title and fourth in the last five years, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Andrew Blair. With the win, Trinity Episcopal also became the first team to finish a season undefeated in the VPL.

Bacot, the No. 7 center and No. 20 overall player in the Class of 2019, showed his immense talent with a 22-point performance. He was also named co-league player of the year.

The season isn’t quite over for Trinity Episcopal, either. The Titans start the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state championship later this week, which will conclude over the weekend. Trinity is also the defending VISAA champions.

Where other signees, targets stand

Bacot isn’t the only North Carolina target with basketball to look forward to this weekend.

Here’s a quick overview of what to expect this week from several other targets and signees:

  • Rechon Black, a 4-star forward/guard signee, and Cox Mill play Jesse Carson in the NCHSAA 3A state playoffs on Tuesday after beating Mount Tabor 81-57 on Saturday. Should Cox Mill, the No. 1 overall seed, win that game, it will advance to the Final Four on Saturday. Black is teammates with 5-star Class of 2019 target Wendell Moore.
  • Nassir Little, a 5-star small forward signee, and Orlando (Fla.) Christian Prep plays Mount Dora Christian Academy on Tuesday for the chance to advance to the FHSAA 3A state semifinal.
  • E.J. Montgomery, a 5-star power forward target in the Class of 2018, and Wheeler (Ga.) play Newton on Wednesday for a chance to advance to the GHSAA 7A state semifinals, which will be played on Saturday.

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