Combine Academy (29‑3)

Lincolnton, North Carolina

PHENOM HOOPS STATE CHAMPION

Top Players

  • 6-1 JR Robert Dillingham #8 (Rivals) … #10 (247 Sports, PrepHoops) … #14 (ESPN)
  • 6-2 SR Jayden Epps (ILLINOIS) #63 (247 Sports) … #68 (Rivals) … #75 (PrepHoops) … #85 (ESPN)
  • 6-8 JR Mekhi Grant

Goats At A Glance

Less than two years ago, Combine “arrived” with a 76-74 upset of Oak Hill Academy in the 2019-20 opener. A year later, the Goats followed that up with a No. 15 national finish (MaxPreps) behind electric 6-1 JR Robert Dillingham (21.2 ppg, 4.9 apg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 steals), who poured in 32 points in a 71-59 victory over Liberty Heights for the Phenom Hoopstate title. There’s plenty of depth, too, with 6-8 JR Mekhi Grant, 6-2 SR Antonio Hamlin and 6-3 SR A.J. Smith and the newest arrival, Illinois commit 6-2 SR Jayden Epps (26 ppg, 6 rpg, 6 apg, 4 spg as a sophomore at King’s Fork VA). … Coach Jeff McInnis (55-10 in two seasons at Combine) played for Oak Hill in the 1991 City of Palms Classic, then went on to a 10-season NBA career for seven teams, logging 576 games (334 starts) and averaging 9.4 points and 4.4 assists.