Jeff Mcinnes and group

Former University of North Carolina basketball player Jeff McInnis (third from left) was formally introduced as the head basketball at Combine Academy of Lincolnton at Wednesday afternoon’s press conference.  Former Clemson player Trevor Booker (to McInnis’ left) is part owner of the Academy.  


Combine Academy has found the man to lead their national high school basketball team, and it’s a familiar name to North Carolinians.

Jeff McInnis was introduced as the new head coach at a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Hunter Hall on the Combine Academy campus on Car Farm Road in Lincolnton.  

The former Tarheel and Charlotte Bobcat is the current president and founder of one of the most notable AAU Basketball Franchises in the United States, Team Charlotte.  A native of Charlotte, McInnis played his high school basketball at West Charlotte before leaving for national power Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. 

He played his college basketball at the University of North Carolina from 1993 through 1996, and was a second-round draft pick in 1996 by the Denver Nuggets.

His NBA career included stints with the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trailblazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Bobcats.

After coaching the nationally recognized Team Charlotte AAU team, McInnis will now take on the top basketball position at Combine Academy. 

The hiring McInnis is propelling several of the top Charlotte basketball playing student-athletes to commit to attend and enroll at Combine Academy for the upcoming Fall 2019 season.  McInnis has established himself as a dominant force in the Charlotte high school basketball community with the majority of all of the local high major Division-1 recruits and prospects enrolled in his AAU franchise. This opportunity will give McInnis the ability to pursue his passion and endeavors of coaching and developing the best of the best, year round. Under McInnis’ direction, Combine Academy will have one of the most competitive national high school teams in the country beginning this fall.

Combine Academy plans to participate at some of the top invitation only national tournaments, as well as scheduled play against national powerhouses Oak Hill Academy, IMG, Hargrave Military Academy and several of the top 25 high schools in the country during the 2019-20 season.  McInnis will take on the challenge of competing for a high school national championship in his first year as head coach of Combine Academy.

Combine Academy is a Sports Education Boarding School that recently relocated its headquarters to 270 Car Farm Road in Lincolnton.  Combine Academy is a multi-use event venue and boarding school located on over 43 acres with over 200,000 square feet of sports performance, academic, administrative, and entertainment space. 

Combine Academy has solidified itself as one of the top destinations for high level collegiate prospects, boasting over 350 commitments to the college level from Combine Academy.  It is comprised of some of the nation’s top basketball, baseball, and soccer student-athletes. Combine is owned by current NBA player and former Clemson Tiger Trevor Booker, former Clemson Tiger and entrepreneur Jonah Baize, former Clemson Tiger and entrepreneur Matt Morris and one of the most prevalent and largest tax consulting firms in the country for professional athletes, Entertainment Tax Advisors based in Chicago.


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