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CREEDMOOR — Bobby Pettiford announced his intentions to play basketball for the Louisville Cardinals in an Instagram broadcast made from his home on June 3.
Pettiford, a six-foot-one point guard for the South Granville Vikings, had plenty of schools recruiting him. In addition to Louisville, he had received offers from Virginia Tech, Providence, Ole Miss, Tulsa, UNC Wilmington, High Point, Old Dominion, East Carolina, and NC A&T.
Many recruiting sites have Pettiford listed as a four star recruit and is listed as one of the top 10 senior players in the state.
As a junior, Pettiford led the Vikings to an incredible 30-1 record and the first trip for the Vikings to the regional finals in Greenville.
Pettiford averaged 21.8 points per game and as a point guard averaged six rebounds per game.
He averaged 7.4 assists per game and averaged 2.9 steals per game.
Pettiford was named the Northern Carolina 1A/2A Conference player of the year, District 6 player of the year and first team all-state for the 2019-2020 season.
He is among a handful of Granville County players and one of the first from South Granville to commit to a Division 1 basketball program.
Others with this distinction in recent years are Isaiah Hicks (UNC) and Taron Downey (Wake Forest), both Webb graduates. Harvey Cozart, a 1988 graduate of South Granville, went on to play at Eastern Kentucky University.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that Bobby Pettiford was not the first South Granville High School basketball player to commit to a Division 1 basketball program, and that at least one other former Viking, Harvey Cozart, shares that distinction.