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The Boston Celtics took a 2-1 series lead Wednesday night, but the Golden State Warriors' biggest concern is the status of Stephen Curry.

Curry injured his foot late in the game, and his status for Game 4 on Friday is uncertain.

With Curry on basketball fans' mind, we decided to take a look back at his high school career, along with some of the other top players all-time from North Carolina.

Grant Williams, who's playing against Curry in the NBA Finals, didn't quite make the cut.

North Carolina's top 25 all-time boys basketball players

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25. Curly Neal, Dudley (Greensboro), Class of 1959

Then known as Fred Neal, possibly the most recognizable Harlem Globetrotter starred for Dudley High School and then Johnson C. Smith University. He joined the Globetrotters right out of college, shaved his head and became known as "Curly" after the "Three Stooges" character. The rest is history.

24. Meadowlark Lemon, Williston (Wilmington), Class of 1952

Before Neal came probably the most famous Harlem Globetrotter of all time. Born Meadow George Lemon, he was among the best high school players in the state, but failed his first audition with the Globetrotters as a teenager. He made it in 1955 after a stint in the Army and soon became known as the "Clown Prince" of basketball.

23. Hassan Whiteside, The Patterson School (Lenoir), Class of 2009

Whiteside bounced around a lot in high school, going from North Carolina to New Jersey and back to North Carolina. The 7-footer helped lead Patterson to a 34-2 record and a No. 1 national ranking as a senior in 2008-09.

22. Brandon Ingram, Kinston, Class of 2015

Ingram helped lead Kinston to four straight state championships, punctuating his high school career by averaging 24.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a senior and leading the Vikings to a 26-4 record.

21. Bam Adebayo, High Point Christian Academy, Class of 2016

Adebayo was named North Carolina Mr. Basketball and a McDonald's All-American as a senior after leading High Point to a NCISAA state championship appearance. As a junior he starred for Northside High School in Pinetown, averaging over 32 points and 21 rebounds per game.

20. John Lucas, Hillside (Durham), Class of 1972

Lucas excelled in basketball and tennis at Hillside High School, where his father was the principal. He was a sports prodigy in his teen years, competing in major national tennis tournaments and breaking the North Carolina high school career scoring record in basketball.

19. Lou Hudson, Dudley (Greensboro), Class of 1963

Hudson followed Neal at Dudley, where he was a four-sport athlete. He was a quarterback, first baseman and sprinter, besides starring in basketball in high school, and went on to be part of the first Black recruiting class at Minnesota before becoming an NBA all-star.

18. Sleepy Floyd, Huss (Gastonia), Class of 1978

During Floyd's junior season at Huss High, he led his team to the 1977 North Carolina state basketball championship, beating rival Ashbrook High, led by James Worthy.

17. Buck Williams, Rocky Mount, Class of 1978

Before becoming a rebounding machine in college and the pros, Williams led the Rocky Mount Gryphons to the 1978 4A state basketball title.

16. Bobby Jones, South Mecklenburg (Charlotte), Class of 1970

Jones starred in basketball and track and field at South Mecklenburg, often competing in both sports against Smith's Bob McAdoo. Jones won a state championship in basketball as a senior and was a two-time state champion high jumper.

15. Walter Davis, South Mecklenburg (Charlotte), Class of 1973

Davis followed Jones and continued South Mecklenburg's success on the hardcourt. The prolific scorer's high school teams won three state titles and lost only four games.

14. Charlie Scott, Laurinburg Institute, Class of 1966

The Harlem native and Rucker Park legend transferred in 1963 to the Laurinburg Institute, which Scott described as an all-Black prep school that was what Oak Hill Academy grew to be. Scott went on to become valedictorian of his senior class and the first Black scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina.

13. Antawn Jamison, Providence (Charlotte), Class of 1995

Jamison was named a McDonald's All-American after his senior season, averaging 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game. The Charlotte Observer named him Mr. Basketball, and the Greensboro News and Record named him the North Carolina Player of the Year.

12. Brad Daugherty, Owen (Black Mountain), Class of 1982

Daugherty led the Warhorses to the 1982 state finals and entered college at North Carolina as a 16-year-old freshman. He's become just as known for his involvement in NASCAR as the NBA.

11. David Thompson, Crest (Shelby), Class of 1972

Thompson would have been the best dunker of his era, but he played much of his career when the dunk was outlawed from 1967 to 1977. He starred in basketball in all four of his years at Crest before going on to NC State and the NBA.

10. John Wall, Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh), Class of 2009

As a fifth-year senior in 2009, Wall averaged 19.7 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in leading Word of God to the North Carolina Class 1A state championship game. He played his first two years of high school basketball at Garner Magnet High School.

9. James Worthy, Ashbrook (Gastonia), Class of 1979

Worthy's 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game during his senior season led Ashbrook to the state championship game. He was a McDonald's All-American his senior year along with fellow North Carolina high school star Dominique Wilkins.

8. Walt Bellamy, Barber (New Bern), Class of 1957

In his senior year at J.T. Barber High School, Bellamy guided his team to the 1956 football state championship and garnered all-state recognition. The 6-foot-11, future No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick scored 47 points in a game against Durham in the 1956 state basketball playoffs.

7. Bob McAdoo, Smith (Greensboro), Class of 1969

As a senior, McAdoo led Smith to the state basketball semifinals as well as to the state track tournament, where he set a new state high-jump record of 6-7, beating future North Carolina teammate Bobby Jones. He also played saxophone in the marching band.

6. Dominique Wilkins, Washington, Class of 1979

"The Human Highlight Film" won back-to-back MVPs for Washington's consecutive Class 3A state championships in 1978 and 1979. The acrobatic dunker was named a McDonald's All-American after his senior year.

5. Chris Paul, West Forsyth (Clemmons), Class of 2003

Paul played two years of JV basketball at West Forsyth before taking off as a junior, averaging 25 points, 5.3 assists and 4.4 steals per game. He finished his senior season with averages of 30.8 points, 9.5 assists and six steals per game, leading West Forsyth to a 27-3 record. He was named a McDonald's All-American and North Carolina Mr. Basketball.

4. Tracy McGrady, Mount Zion Christian Academy (Durham), Class of 1997 

Behind McGrady's leadership, Mount Zion emerged as the No. 2-ranked team in the country in his senior year. McGrady was named a McDonald’s All-American and North Carolina's Mr. Basketball before going straight to the NBA.

3. Pete Maravich, Broughton (Raleigh), Class of 1965

Maravich's high school years in Raleigh are where he earned his famous nickname, "Pistol Pete," thanks to his habit of shooting the ball from his side, as if holding a revolver. The creative scorer and ball handler went on to become the all-time leading scorer in Division I college basketball history.

2. Stephen Curry, Charlotte Christian, Class of 2006

Curry was named all-conference and all-state, and led Charlotte Christian to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances. The slightly built son of former NBA player Dell Curry drew little attention from major colleges despite his 3-point shooting range, and he quickly became a star at Davidson and beyond.



1. Michael Jordan, Laney (Wilmington), Class of 1981

Jordan, widely considered the best basketball player ever, is the classic late bloomer. He didn't make the Laney varsity basketball team as a sophomore, and baseball was his best sport. But he took off as a junior basketball player after growing 6 inches. In two basketball seasons at Laney, he averaged 25.4 points, 12 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.