Traveling Team: South Carolina Ravens

Ra'Sean Dickey and Zam Frederick will head to Georgia Tech sometime this summer, but they may not be missed quite as much as expected on the South Carolina Ravens. Expect Cassan Breeden and Devon Downey to step right in and make sure the team doesn't miss a beat.

Two stars left the program a year ago – and two have filled their void.

With Ra'Sean Dickey and Zam Frederick gone, Deion Bethea will move Cassan Breeden and pint-sized point guard Devon Downey into the lead roles.

Bethea compares Downey to a mini Allen Iverson and Breeden is an athletic wing who goes full throttle all the time, but just needs to refine his perimeter shot.

``Devon plays with so much heart," Bethea said. "He plays so much bigger than he is. He's not afraid to go in and attack people."

Josh Dollard, a 6-8 wing at Prince Avenue Prep (S.C.) who was recently reclassified into the junior class, will start at the three-spot with 6-8, 260-pound Allen Taylor rounding out the frontline. Another undersized guard, 5-8 Jeremiah Richardson, will team with Downey in the backcourt.

Richardson's teammate, 6-7 sophomore Mike Jones, is expected to get major minutes off the bench. Juniors Rashad Bennett (6-1) and Zack Rich (6-2), a sharpshooter from Lexington High, will also get minutes – along with 6-6 power forward John Thompson.

``I think we're better without Ra'Sean and Zam," Bethea added. "On any night, any one of our guys can beat you. It doesn't have to be one or two guys every game. It can even be someone coming off the bench. These guys really love playing together."

South Carolina Ravens (Columbia, S.C.)

Coaches: Deion Bethea, Brian Brown, Leron Moore, Avis Anderson

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: F Cassan Breeden (6-7, 180, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Devon Downey (5-9, 150, JR); C Allen Taylor (6-8, 260, JR); WF Josh Dollard (6-8, 195, JR); PG Jeremiah Richardson (5-9, JR)

Others: F Mike Jones (6-7, SOPH); WF Rashad Bennett (6-1, JR); WG Zack Rich (6-2, JR); BF John Thompson (6-6, JR)

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