Carolina Challenge: 2013 Breakdown

RALIEGH -- While there were a handful of standout performers from the 2013 class at the Carolina Challenge, none stood taller than 6-foot-3 guard Anton Gill.

Anton Gill, SG – Arguably the top performer in the 2013 class, Gill went up against the best the Challenge had to offer and he more than held his own. He finished tied for third in scoring with 19.7 points per game. Gill, a 6-foot-3 guard scored 51 points through his first two games. The southpaw can score in a variety of ways and he did it against some talented defenders. On Saturday he was burying pull-up jumpers and finishing at the tin. He's a legit high major prospect.

Tevin Findlay, SG/PG – An attacking guard, Findlay tried to get to the basket every chance he received on Monday. The 6-foot-3 combo guard finished well around the hoop once he got there too. He must tighten up his handle and continue to improve his jump shot, but he's a talent that plays aggressive and is always in attack mode.

Patrick Rooks, SG – Drawing the praise from all onlookers, Rooks was one of the big performers of the event. A 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, Rooks was fifth in scoring at the Challenge, scoring 18.7 points per game. His best outing was a 26-point effort, where he buried three after three. He gets terrific elevation, has good rotation on his ball and shoots a high arcing shot. He was one of the top shooters in attendance.

Ja'Keem Yates, PF – Heading into the Challenge there wasn't much information out there about Yates, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound post prospect. But starting from the first game he caught our eye. His first outing was for 16 points and he finished by averaging 11.3 points through three games. Yates moves well, showed good touch around the basket and even knocked in a few turn around jump shots. Yates needs to add some weight to his frame, but he's a talent.

Isaiah Hicks, PF – While Yates was a new name that stood out, Hicks was a guy that already had a reputation and he continued to build on it Saturday. A 6-foot-8 length power forward, Hicks raced up and down the floor with ease, finished high above the rim and even knocked in mid-range jump shots. The Raleigh (N.C.) Body of Christ standout is loaded with talent and potential and he'll likely be among the nation's top power forwards when it's all said and done.

Allerik Freeman, SG – It's clear that Freeman has spent some time developing his body. He looks visibly bigger and stronger than last summer and it certainly helped his game on the court. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard, Freeman is especially effective in the open court where he uses his vision to find teammates and has terrific body control when he gets to the rim. While he didn't take many long-range shots, he was efficient from mid-range and showed good touch on his floaters.

T.J. Williams, PF – There weren't many guys at the Challenge giving off the type of effort that Williams mustered every time he hit the floor. He was aggressive posting on the block and even demanded the ball at times. Williams managed to be active and energetic on both ends and it certainly helped him on the glass. Going forward he'll need to develop his left hand and his post moves, but it's hard to knock his effort.

Josh Newkirk, PG – Like his Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God teammates, Newkirk made a number of plays at the Challenge. Newkirk was at his best when he was able to get out in transition. He has impressive speed and he loves to push the tempo. While we didn't see him look to take many long-range shots, he showed nice touch on his pull up floaters and finished well around the basket.

Kennedy Meeks, C – One of the better post prospects in attendance, Meeks, a 6-foot-8, 260-pounder, showcased his full game at the Challenge. For a guy his size he has a great set of hands, terrific touch around the basket and is even capable of stepping out for jumpers from 15 to 21-feet. He even knocked down a pair of three-pointers and an 18-footer on consecutive possessions. He averaged 12 points per outing.

B.J. Gladden, a sophomore out of Charlotte (N.C.) Queens Grant, certainly made some noise at the event. He's a 6-foot-5 slender wing with long arms. He played hard and wasn't afraid to mix it up. He averaged 11.7 points through the three games.

Mint Hill (N.C.) Rocky River wing prospect DeAndre Bembry went for 13.3 points a game at the event. A 6-foot-5 sophomore, Bembry drew the eye of scouts with his especially impressive 20-point outing to open up camp. He's a talented young scorer.

Tyrek Coger, a 6-foot-7 post prospect, had his moments on Saturday. He averaged 10.3 points per game and was able to make his presence by snagging boards and finishing around the rim.

Patrick Rooks said Charlotte, Clemson and Wake Forest are showing interest in him. The old staff at Tennessee was also involved prior to their departure.

Tevin Findlay said he's heard from a number of schools up to this point. He only named New Mexico State and Charlotte. He said New Mexico State is the only school that has offered.

Ja'Keem Yates claims interest from UMass, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State. He said it's still early in his recruitment.

Anton Gill has scholarship offers from East Carolina and Charlotte. North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson and others are also involved in his recruitment. He visited UNC recently.

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