Carolina Challenge Preview

The most talented prospects in the state of North Carolina will get together on Saturday, March 29th to participate in Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge. Mason Plumlee, John Wall and Ryan Kelly are among the top prospects expected to be in attendance. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. for the players and games tip at 9:30!

The best underclassmen in North Carolina are getting together again.

For the second consecutive year Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge will bring the state's top underclassmen together for an all-day showcase on March 29th at Cary Academy in Raleigh (N.C.).

Throughout the high school season, Telep traveled the state of North Carolina searching, evaluating and inviting the top underclassmen that it had to offer. The process wasn't easy, but Telep had to cut the list off at 80 prospects.

"It was extremely difficult to narrow the field down to just 80 guys especially with what appears to be a great crop of young talent in the state of North Carolina," Telep said. "The thing that is going to be really exciting about this is the 2009 guys that may emerge and the overall crop of wing players."

There's no doubt that majority of the camps talent, lies on the wing, as guys like Reggie Bullock, Mychal Parker, Reco McCarter, J.T. Terrell, Andre Marhold, Lakeem Jackson and Jarell Eddie will all be in attendance.

Despite a loaded wing class, there won't be a shortage of post prospects. Duke commit Mason Plumlee and high major target Ryan Kelly are the two best big men expected to compete and they'll go head-to-head in the final game of the day.

"Last year for me it was the first real big event of the spring," Plumlee, of Arden (N.C.) Christ School, said. "I was playing against some of the best guys at my position. There's a lot talent in the state and I didn't realize that until I got there."

"I think there's no way to hide, which is why I like it," he continued. "You are either going to look good or bad and that's up to you. That's what I love about it. I just want to play whoever the best players are."

Plumlee was already known heading into the event last year, but there were plenty prospects that were able to raise their profile. Jaron Lane, of Greenville (N.C.) Conley, hopes to be one of those guys this year.

"I feel honored to be going to the Carolina Challenge," Lane, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard, said. "I think it's an opportunity for me to show off my skills against some of the best in the state and I'm ready to do it."

Lane won't be the only guy flying below the radar. Ian Miller, Earnest Ross, Akeem Richmond, C.J. Harris and Jay Canty are all prospects that could improve their stock during the event.

The showcase is open to the public and should be intriguing for local fans interested in seeing their future players, as North Carolina (Reggie Bullock), North Carolina State (C.J. Leslie) and Duke (Mason Plumlee) all have committed prospects participating. Wake Forest will also have a handful of targets in attendance.

The first game tips off at 9:30 a.m. Each camper will participate in three games. The event will also include a beneficial seminar for friends and family on academic requirements and how to tell when you're being recruited.

The featured speaker is Charlotte senior wing Leemire Goldwire. A father, husband and all-league selection, Goldwire is one of the premier shooters in college basketball.

For more information on Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge visit: Carolina Challenge.

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