Carolina Challenge: 2014 Breakdown

RALEIGH -- Here's our final breakdown from the Carolina Challenge. This time around we look at the 2014 prospects. Among the best there was 6-foot-5 wing Theo Pinson.

Theo Pinson, SG – He didn't lead the camp in scoring, nor was he even close. But Pinson, a 6-foot-5, 170-pound shooting guard, was likely the best prospect at the entire event. A standout at Oak Ride (N.C.) High has all the tools to be an elite wing prospect. Sure he needs to tighten his handle and gain strength, but he's an exceptional athlete with great touch around the basket. He's also the proud owner a consistent mid-range game.

Eric Johnson, PG – Heading into the Challenge, Johnson had already built some momentum. He built on that this past weekend. At 6-foot-2, Johnson has very good size for the point guard spot. His speed is notable and he has some nice long term potential. Johnson, who averaged 13 points a game, is confident in his game and has a solid mid-range pull-up.

Josh Level, SF – A strong, physical wing prospect, Level grabbed the attention of on lookers with his energetic play. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder uses his body to bully defenders to the basket. Although he didn't show his jump shot, Level played like a junk yard dog in the paint, snagging rebounds and creating put back opportunities for himself. Level was tied for first among the freshman in the scoring department at 15.3 points per game.

Jordan Robinson, C – Big men with great hands and soft touch inside are often hard to come by. But Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound post prospect out of Winston-Salem (N.C) Quality Education, fits the bill. He carved out space inside and, finished around the rim and showed a go-to move in a jump hook over his left shoulder.

JaQuel Richmond, PG – One of the major surprises at the Carolina Challenge was this 6-foot-1, 170-pound lead guard. Scoring wasn't an issue for Richmond, as he put up 15.3 points a game during the three game event. He was consistent in knocking down jump shots off the dribble from both long and mid-range. He has an extra burst in the open court and looked to push the tempo at every chance.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, SG/PG – A combo guard originally out of Canada, Rathan-Mayes displayed an impressive all around skill set. He handled it well, showed good vision and knocked down open shots. He's deliberate with his moves and despite just OK speed he managed to get where he wanted on the court. He averaged 7.7 points per game.

Caleb & Cody Martin, SF – The set of twins look like pretty good long-term prospects. Both stand 6-foot-6 and check in at 175-pounds. They have great size and length for freshmen wings. They both need to add weight, but that should come with time. These are two to keep an eye on as their high school careers move forward.

James Demery, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard, showed off a good-looking shot during the Challenge. He's a solid athlete that can finish inside. He went for 10.3 points per game.

Ricky Council, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard, has some talent. Although he has a slight frame he managed to get to the basket and make some plays in the paint.

Theo Pinson said he's already heard from Syracuse, Marquette, USC, Tennessee, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Connecticut and Georgetown. He's taken an unofficial visit to Clemson.


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