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North Little Rock HS (21‑2)

North Little Rock, Arkansas

ARKANSAS AHSAA CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPION

Top Players

  • 6-5 SR Nick Smith, Jr. (ARKANSAS) … #6 (ESPN) … #9 (247Sports) … #16 (Rivals)
  • 7-0 SR Kel’el Ware (OREGON) … #17 (Rivals) … #21 (247 Sports) … #33 (PrepHoops)
  • 6-5 SR Corey Washington

Charging Wildcats At A Glance

BALLISLIFE PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKING: No. 22
MAXPREPS RANKING: No. 6

The cupboard is never bare for coach Johnny Rice, whose program has won five state titles during his nine-year tenure. So the graduation of the Charging Wildcats’ starting backcourt became a moot point when one of the state’s all-time highest ranked recruits, Arkansas commit 6-5 SR Nick Smith, Jr. (25 ppg, 5 rpg, 4 apg), arrived via transfer, along with 6-5 SR Corey Washington (13 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 blocks, 2 steals and 1.5 apg while shooting 71%). The pair had led Sylvan Hills to the Class 5A semifinals. … There is also a blue-chipper in the paint – Oregon-bound 7-0 SR Kel’el Ware (16.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 4.6 blocks) – who was named second-team Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Prep. The elite big man delivered an MVP performance with 19 points, eight boards and two steals in 25 minutes in the state-title game, as North Little Rock came from behind to beat Little Rock Central 65-55 in Hot Springs, avenging its only two losses. … Returning guards 5-10 SR Charles Maris and 6-0 SR Felix Wade are joined by another transfer, 6-3 JR Tyler Frederick, an all-conference guard from Hot Springs Lakeside.