Ravenscroft (Kelly) faces Christ School (Plumlee) for the State Championship game

Two 2009 Duke commitments Ryan Kelly of Ravenscroft and Mason Plumlee of Christ School will attempt to lead their schools to a State Championship on

Ryan Kelly of Raleigh Ravenscroft
Ryan Kelly of Raleigh Ravenscroft

Saturday afternoon.  The game starts at 4:00 and is played at Charlotte Latin High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The defending champions, Christ School, who are coached by David Gaines, have played in five out of the last six title games.  They will be a prohibitive favorite in that they have seven top notch college prospects on their roster.  Of course, they walloped the Ravens 76-45 in an early season game in the Chic-Fil-A Classic.

Ravenscroft is coached by former Duke player Kevin Billerman who has led his

Mason Plumlee - Christ School
Mason Plumlee - Christ School

team to the state title game three times in his nine years of coaching the team.  Billerman’s team leans heavily on Kelly, who is asked to do it all.  It would be wise for them to slow the tempo of the game.

Kelly and Plumlee have faced off several times, but one of the best showdowns was in last season Tournament of Champions AAU event.  Kelly showed a variety of offensive moves and had his way in the first half for D-One Sports, but Plumlee reached down and controlled the second half to lead his Indiana Elite team team to the win.