North Carolina basketball commit Jalek Felton is transferring from Mullins (S.C.) to Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia (S.C.), about two hours from his hometown.
Felton announced the decision on his Twitter and Facebook pages. Felton averaged 24.1 points, 5.4 assists and 5.5 rebounds last season.
Gray is coached by Dion Bethea, who was North Carolina All-American Brice Johnson’s coach.
“I’ve already played with some of the guys and they play a lot harder,” Felton told Scout.com. “I guess they want to win as bad as me and they have the talent to go along with it. With the way Coach Bethea coaches and these pieces around us, I think it’s going to be a beautiful thing.”
Bethea said he urged Felton to stay in his home state rather than attend any of the out-of-state prep programs that would have been happy to have him. Felton is ranked as the top combo guard and No. 28 player overall in the Class of 2017 by the 247Sports Composite. ESPN ranks him as No. 24 overall.
“I told him, ‘Look, what will be your legacy?’” Bethea told Scout. “’You look at your uncle (Raymond Felton), he led Latta to back-to-back state championships. Sure, you can leave the state, but why not come here, play with other great players and finish your career cutting down the nets at the Colonial Center?’”