While UNC Basketball is enjoying a holiday break, the future is on display over at Broughton High School at the annual John Wall Holiday Invitational. It’s the 46th annual event, which means someone was really prescient 46 years ago to name a tournament after a basketball player about 25 years before he was even born.
Or maybe it was called something else.
The Invitational has a storied history of inviting some of the best prep teams from all over the country and having them play with some of North Carolina’s best. It’s great holiday viewing, and a way to see the future on display.
One of those futures on display is Coby White, he of Greenfield School in Wilson. Signed as a member of the class of ‘18, White already has a 46 point effort under his belt from earlier this month, and apparently decided he needed another.
Greenfield’s first game of their bracket was against undefeated Kinston. White had a strong game that included this beauty going into halftime:
Coby White runs down the clock and drills a 3 to beat the halftime buzzer. pic.twitter.com/6fUCTCyyd7— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) December 27, 2017
The UNC signee continued through the rest of the game to notch his second 46-point effort of the season, easily defeating Kinston 85-63. If you want to see all of his highlights, check them out:
High School Hoops on Ballislife: "DONT GET ME STARTED!" UNC Commit Coby White Racks 46 in Front of SOLD OUT Crowd! https://t.co/5m0WIBJCQh— WillMore Basketball (@WillMoreBBall) December 28, 2017
Those who follow prep sports and recruiting are not going to be surprised by this effort, but for a lot us (including myself), right about now is when we start to have an eye on the future. White sure makes that future looks bright with his performances so far.
Greenfield faces the host school Broughton today at 1:45 in the semifinals of their bracket, and the title matchup will be Saturday night at 7 PM. If you plan to go to watch live, you may want to get there early:
Along with White and some of the best prep teams in the state, the Invitational also features Vernon Cary, Jr, a top ‘19 target who plays later today against Panther Creek, and Julian Newman from Downey Christian who’s been playing varsity since 5th grade and is drawing Steph Curry comparisons.
One other note on White: he has a real chance now with this effort to take the record down for highest average scorer in the Invitational’s history. I’ll let the Invitational’s Twitter tell you who he’d pass:
[FINAL] Coby White poured in 4️⃣6️⃣ points in Greenfield's opening win over Kinston.— Holiday Invitational (@JohnWallHoliday) December 27, 2017
White needs to average 3️⃣8️⃣ per game to break Donald Williams' tournament record from 1990. Second place is tied between Devin Booker and Justin Jackson in 2013. pic.twitter.com/MAYwpSFU2J
Some pretty nice names on that list.