ACC fans have long understood that Kinston, NC, population 21,6777 in the last census, is an amazing basketball town.
Among the players who have come out of Kinston are Cedric Maxwell, Charles Shackleford, Jerry Stackhouse, Reggie Bullock, Tony Dawson and of course former Blue Devil Brandon Ingram (non-basketball notables include actress Jamie Pressley and funk legends Maceo and Melvin Carter).
It seems off, but the Raleigh News & Observer says that one person in 10,00 makes it to the NBA.
At Kinston High, one out of every 52.7 players who make the varsity also make the NBA.
Well now there’s going to be a documentary about this extraordinary basketball talent bed. It’s called “Something in the Water: A Kinston Basketball Story,” and it’s richly deserved. Kinston has the same sort of issues a lot of Eastern North Carolina towns have but basketball is its shining glory.
It’ll be available on UNC-TV on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 pm and also will be screened at the Virginia Film Festival which runs from October 21st through the 25th. This year of course it will be virtual.