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After a wild week in the coverage area, we’re ready for the next set of basketball power rankings. To recap some of the biggest matchups this week, Goldsboro took Kinston down to the wire before falling in double overtime. Aycock hit a tough stretch in Pitt County after losing both games at J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley. 

Both West Johnston teams picked up two big wins over Smithfield Selma and both games also took four extra minutes. Each of the Clayton squads took care of business against South Johnston while the Southern Wayne Lady Saints picked up an upset win over South Central. Despite losing big at Kinston, the Greene Central girls have won four of their last six games after starting 0-7.

As always, we’ll have a top 10 player and team rankings list for both the girls and the boys that’ll be updated every week until the state playoffs. Coming into the new year, a lot of teams have made really good cases to be among the top teams in the area. With that in mind, here is week two of the WJG Sports power rankings as of January 10th, 2020:

Girls’ Team Rankings

  1. Wayne Country Day (15-4)
  2. Clayton (11-3)
  3. Smithfield-Selma (7-5)
  4. Southern Wayne (9-7)
  5. North Johnston (10-2)
  6. C.B. Aycock (8-7)
  7. Princeton (7-3)
  8. Wayne Christian (8-5)
  9. West Johnston (6-8)
  10. Corinth Holders (6-7)

Boys’ Team Rankings

  1. Clayton (12-2)
  2. Goldsboro (10-2)
  3. Wayne Country Day (19-3)
  4. South Johnston (11-2)
  5. Princeton (8-3)
  6. Cleveland (10-5)
  7. Greene Central (7-5)
  8. C.B. Aycock (8-7)
  9. Rosewood (8-2)
  10. Wayne Christian (8-7)

Girls’ Player of the Year Rankings

  1. Wayne Country Day freshman guard Ja’kea Brunson
  2. Clayton freshman forward Darrionna Howard
  3. Smithfield-Selma junior forward Khaliyah Peacock
  4. Neuse Charter freshman Anna Taylor
  5. Greene Central senior guard Jaanasia Edwards
  6. Princeton junior guard Meredith Wooten
  7. North Johnston junior guard Arial Pearce
  8. C.B. Aycock junior forward Abbey Thomas
  9. Spring Creek senior guard Belinda Carson
  10. Wayne Christian sophomore guard Brianna Verme

Boys’ Player of the Year Rankings

  1. Clayton junior forward BJ Freeman
  2. Goldsboro junior forward Xavion Atkinson
  3. South Johnston senior forward CJ Ray
  4. Wayne Country Day junior guard Jaden Cooper
  5. Princeton sophomore guard Nayshin Waller
  6. Goldsboro senior guard Christian Bullock
  7. Wayne Christian sophomore guard Jayquan Curry
  8. Greene Central senior BJ Corbitt
  9. C.B. Aycock senior guard Charles Walker II
  10. Cleveland junior guard Walter Ghaffar

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January 2020