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Millbrook High’s Eric van der Heijden and Millbrook coach Chris Davis are the News & Observer’s high school boys basketball and coach of the year.

The girls team was released Tuesday.

van der Heijden, a 6-foot-9 forward, has committed to Mississippi. He was the most valuable player of the N.C. 4A state final, when he had 21 points and led Millbrook to a memorable 67-65 overtime win over Ardrey Kell.

Davis is coach of the year after guiding Millbrook to a 19-0 season. Millbrook reached the state finals for the first time in 10 years in March and won the first boys basketball championship in school history.


Eric van der Heijden, Millbrook, 6-9, Sr, F: averaged 18.2 points per game, 11.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 4.1 blocks and 1.8 steals. Named all-district and all-state by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association.

Silas Demary, Millbrook, 6-4, Jr., G: Averaged 17.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.8 steals for the N.C. 4A state champion. Demary will transfer and repeat his junior season this fall.

Daylen Berry, Panther Creek, 6-4, Sr., G: Charlotte 49ers recruit is a two-time all-conference pick and a 1,000 point career scorer. He averaged 20 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals last season.

Lucas Taylor, Heritage, 6-6, Sr., G: Clemson commit averaged 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals per game. Named NAC conference player of the year.

Comeh Emuodor, Ravenscroft, 6-5, Soph, G: averaged a team-high 15 points, plus four assists and two rebounds. Was a N.C. Independent Schools all-state pick


Kenny Noland, Apex Friendship, 6-2, Sr, G

Jalen McDonald, Leesville Road, 6-5, Sr., G

Sheick Samoura, Fuquay Varina, 6-4, Sr., G

Jaheim Taylor, Princeton, 6-2, Sr., G

Dante Kisenhofer, Holly Springs, 6-5, Sr, G/F


Redford Dunton, Millbrook, 6-7, Sr, F

Cole Sinclair, Durham Academy, 6-1, Sr, G

Toby Harris, Durham Academy, 6-7, Sr., G

Logan Dukes, Cary Christian, 6-2, Jr, G

Chase Dawson, Cary Academy, 6-2, So, G

Tharius Suggs, Middle Creek, 6-2, Sr, G

Luke Proctor, Apex Friendship, 6-1, Sr, G

Dylan Drinkwater, Panther Creek, 6-0, Sr, G

Evan Abolins, Sanderson, 6-2, Sr, G

Trey Fields, Cleveland, 6-6, Jr, F