Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High School Notebook; Top Prospects Will Be All over Court for ACD-Providence at UNF

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High School Notebook; Top Prospects Will Be All over Court for ACD-Providence at UNF

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Byline: Justin Barney

The biggest regular-season basketball game on the First Coast is right around the corner.

Arlington Country Day and Providence meet Saturday night at the University of North Florida at 7 p.m. in a showcase of two of the best teams in the country.

Nationally ranked ACD (7-0) and Providence (4-1) square off at 7 p.m.

"The talent on both teams has always been pretty good, probably more even now than it's been earlier in this rivalry," said Providence coach Jim Martin. "It's great for the city, great for basketball, great for the players. To us, there's not going to be too many teams we see much better than those guys."

The teams met last season for the first time since 2010, with ACD winning 73-63 in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Florida State College at Jacksonville. The venue changed this time to accommodate a larger crowd. UNF has a seating capacity of 5,800; FSCJ's is 2,000.

"From a fan's standpoint, there will be 10 to 12 Division I players on the floor in different parts of the game," ACD coach Rex Morgan said. "This is one of Jimmy's best teams and I think it could be my best team. I think it's good for the city; it's good for basketball. I know it's going to help us playing on Saturday, and it's going to help them."

ACD is ranked 13th by USA Today, 14th in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 and was 16th in the Student Sports FAB 50 preseason poll. The Apaches, led by Brandone Francis (Florida) and forward Dante Buford (Oklahoma), have four players who have signed with colleges and several others with major college offers. Reigning All-First Coast player of the year Grayson Allen (Duke), center David Sharpe and guard Christian Terrell (Florida Gulf Coast) lead Providence.

KENNY QB UP FOR NATIONAL HONOR

Bishop Kenny quarterback John Wolford's record-setting career has garnered him some major attention - national player of the year honors.

Wolford is one of 11 players up for Parade All-America Player of the Year honors, the same award Yulee running back Derrick Henry won last year. The finalists were announced Wednesday.

"I found out the other day. We're excited, my dad's really pumped," Wolford said. "It is awesome. I'm just so proud of my teammates and coaches who had a big part in this."

Wolford was responsible for 52 total touchdowns (38 passing, 14 rushing) and set career records in categories such as touchdown passes, completions and passing yardage. His 773 yards of offense (539 passing, 234 rushing) in a 74-73 loss to Clay on Nov. 22 set a national record for offense in a game.

SPRINTING STAR PICKS FSU

Stanton sprint star Kendal Williams, a two-time All-First Coast athlete of the year, ended his recruiting by verbally committing to Florida State.

Williams is one of the most decorated sprinters in area history, with national times of 10. …

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