White, Cunane AP prep players of year in North Carolina

April 6, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Coby White of Wilson Greenfield and Elissa Cunane of Northern Guilford are The Associated Press men’s and women’s prep players of the year for North Carolina.

Preston Davis of Charlotte Independence and Darlene Joyner of Northwest Guilford were selected as the men’s and women’s coaches of the year in results released Friday following a vote of 16 statewide media members.

White, a North Carolina recruit who played in the McDonald’s All-America game, nearly averaged a triple-double with 30.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists. He also scored 3,511 career points, breaking the record set by JamesOn Curry in 2004.

Cunane, who is headed to North Carolina State, averaged 20.4 points and 12.6 rebounds while leading Northern Guilford to a second straight Class 3-A state championship.

Davis earned the men’s coaching award after leading Independence to its first 4-A title since 1997. The women’s award went to Joyner for guiding Northwest Guilford to a 4-A championship.

The only unanimous selection to either all-state team was Nyjanique Langley, a 27.1-point scorer who led the North Pitt women to their second 2-A title in three years while averaging 29.8 points in the postseason. Cunane was the lone three-time all-state selection on either team.



MEN: Coby White, Wilson Greenfield (9)

WOMEN: Elissa Cunane, Northern Guilford (6)


MEN: Preston Davis, Charlotte Independence (9)

WOMEN: Darlene Joyner, Northwest Guilford (11)



Jaylen Alston, Eastern Guilford, Sr., F/G (15)

Devon Dotson, Charlotte Providence Day, Sr., PG (15)

Wendell Moore Jr., Concord Cox Mill, Jr., G (15)

Coby White, Wilson Greenfield, Sr., G (15)

John Newman, Greensboro Day, Sr., F/G (14)

Jayden Gardner, Wake Forest Heritage, Sr., F/C (11)

Daivien Williamson, Winston-Salem Prep, Sr., G (11)

Jamarius Burton, Charlotte Independence, Sr., PG (10)

Jairus Hamilton, Concord Cannon, Sr., G/F (9)

Jalen Benjamin, Raleigh Leesville Road, Jr., PG (5)

Isaiah Bigelow, Greensboro Smith, Sr., G/F (5)

Jaylen Hoard, High Point Wesleyan, Sr., F (5)

Jae’lyn Withers, North Mecklenberg, Jr., F (5)

Hunter Tyson, Monroe Piedmont, Sr., F (5)


u_Nyjanique Langley, North Pitt, Sr., G (16)

Elissa Cunane, Northern Guilford, Sr., C (15)

Elizabeth Kitley, Northwest Guilford, Jr., C (15)

Shaniya Jones, High Point Wesleyan, Sr., G (15)

Alex Scruggs, Fayetteville Smith, Jr., G/F (15)

Ahlana Smith, Charlotte Mallard Creek, Sr., G (14)

Isabella Leite Nicolette, Raleigh Neuse Christian, Sr., G (12)

Skyler Curran, West Forsyth, Sr., G (9)

Jazmin Harris, Eastern Guilford, Sr., C (9)

Kennedy Boyd, Charlotte Providence Day, Sr., G (7)

Breanna Proctor, Elizabeth City Northeastern, Sr., F/C (7)

Chyna Cornwell, Newton Conover, Soph., F (6)

Elana Ingram, Roxboro Community, Sr., G (6)


u_unanimous selection



David Thompson, Citizen-Times of Asheville; Langston Wertz, Charlotte Observer; Malcolm Shields, The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City; Bob Sutton, The Times-News of Burlington; Chris Miller, The Daily News of Jacksonville; Jaclyn Shambaugh, Fayetteville Observer; Richard Walker, Gaston Gazette of Gastonia; Joe Sirera, The News & Record of Greensboro; Aaron Schnautz, Hickory Daily Record; J. Mike Blake, The News & Observer of Raleigh; Jessie Nunery, Rocky Mount Telegram; Mike London, Salisbury Post; Brian Meadows, Statesville Record & Landmark; Tim Hower, StarNews of Wilmington; Paul Durham, The Wilson Times; Jay Spivey, Winston-Salem Journal.

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