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NEWBERRY — Newberry College head men’s basketball coach Dave Davis dipped back into his North Carolina recruiting roots and has signed Ragsdale High School’s James Stepp.

The 6-foot-2 guard was the 2014 4A Piedmont Triad Conference Player of the Year while averaging 20 points per game and just below four rebounds and four assists from the point position. Stepp made the prestigious North Carolina East-West All-Star Game representing the West winning team.

Stepp made a school record 90 three-pointers in his senior season when he was named All-Conference and All-District and made a school record 185 shots from long range in his career. Stepp also owns a couple of other school records for most points in a game when he scored 43 including 10 made three-point shots in a state playoff game against McDowell.

He scored over 30 points four times in his high school career. A true student-athlete, Stepp was a member of the National Honor Society and was honored for his academic achievement at both the state banquet and at the East-West All-Star game played in the Greensboro Coliseum.

“James was recruited by several Division I schools and we were in the right place at the right time to land him here at Newberry,” said Davis. “Anyone who can shoot the basketball as well as James will have an excellent chance to make a name for himself in our style. We are also excited that James has a lot of experience at the point guard position which will help him transition into our system.”

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