Carolina Challenge Recap: 2010 Class

Cary, N.C. – The 2010 class in the state of North Carolina is full of talented guards and wings and on Saturday at the Carolina Challenge they showed up in full force.

Photos Courtesy of Arianna Hoffman

Although the best guard in the state is a junior (John Wall), it's North Carolina's sophomore class that is loaded with depth and talent at the guard and wing position.

North Carolina commit Reggie Bullock was great in his first game, as he showed off his sweet jump shot, while C.J. Leslie, who is committed to North Carolina State, attacked the rim and threw down one of the best dunks of the day.

The day also provided us with a look at a few prospects that don't have a name nationally yet. Ian Miller and Mychal Parker were both terrific on Saturday and both prospects should get strong looks from college coaches this spring.

Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, Kinston – The state of North Carolina isn't short on talent and among the best prospects -- if not the best -- is Bullock. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing is equipped with an impressively smooth and effortless jump shot. His range is deep, but he's also capable of pulling up for one and two dribble pull-up jumpers. His size is terrific for the position and he should only get better as his high school career continues.

J.T. Terrell, SG, Cummings – Unfortunately we only got to see Terrell's first game, which was likely his worst of the day, due to the amount of forced shots he took and the defensive pressure he received from Bullock. Despite his shot selection, he did show why many consider him one of the top sophomores in North Carolina. He has deep range on his jumper and is capable of knocking down two dribble pull-up jumpers. He'll play alongside John Wall this spring and will get plenty of open looks from long range.


Miller Looks For An Open Teammate
Ian Miller, SG/PG, South Mecklenburg – He showed he had some game at the Pangos All-South camp back in October and today he picked up his play even more. The 6-foot-1 guard played mostly off the ball at the Carolina Challenge, but said he prefers to have the ball in hands. Regardless he's a deadly shooter, with deep range. He shot it well off the catch, off the bounce and even dropped in a floater. Miller was 7th in scoring, as he put up 15 points a game.

Melvin Tabb, PF/SF, Enloe – The second time we saw Tabb on Saturday he played a lot harder than the first and that led to increased results. The 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward has the look of a tall wing down the road, but he's going to have to continue to work on his ability to step away from the basket. Tabb had a handful of finishes at the rim and even made a show and go move that led to a lay up.

Daryl Traynham, PG, Vance – One of a trio of Vance guards in attendance, Traynham drew a tough assignment in his first game, as he matched up with John Wall. Traynham struggled to keep Wall in front of him (everyone does), but he did show some life on the offensive end. The 5-foot-9 lead man has a solid handle and a terrific hesitation move that helps him get by defenders. His mid-range game looked solid, but he struggled to finish around the cup.

Jay Canty, SF/SG, Ragsdale – He got off to a slow start, but as the day went on Canty picked up his play. A 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing, Canty got majority of his points off of drives to the basket. He proved he can finish in the paint with some contact and he busted out a floater a few times in the lane.

C.J. Leslie, SF/PF, Word of God – Among the highlights of the day was Leslie's baseline drive that led to a nasty one-handed slam. To go with the dunk, the 6-foot-8 forward showed great ball skills and an ability to attack the rim off the bounce. He also managed to hit a few mid-range jumpers. One move we were particularly impressed with was when he split a double team at the top of the key and dished off an assist to an open teammate.

Reco McCarter, SF/SG, Wayne Country Day – McCarter is certainly one the most intriguing prospects that participated in the Carolina Challenge. At 6-foot-7, 180-pound he has a set of long arms and great size for the wing spot. The southpaw has a smooth game and is capable of adjusting finishes at the rim. It'll be interesting to see how he develops over the next few years.


Parker Shows His Versatility
Mychal Parker, SF, Terr Ceia – When it's all said and done, Parker will certainly be talked about as one of the better guys in his class. He's a 6-foot-5 wing that is capable of handling the ball and slashing to the basket. He played a lot of point for his camp team, but his true position is on the wing where he can attack the basket and get buckets.

Parker has a smooth game and is equipped with a big wingspan. One of his most memorable plays of the day was his baseline drive and slam. He's already getting high major interest and he seems to be a lock to play at that level.

Jarell Eddie, SF/PF, Cannon School – The 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward did majority of his work from mid-range. In his last camp game he drained a pair of 17-foot jumpers and also buried a one-dribble pull-up from three. Eddie is known as a tweener forward, but Saturday he definitely showed an ability to play facing the basket.

Tashawn Mabry, SF/PF, Rocky Mount – As the day went on his rebounding got better and he began to get finishes around the rim. His highest game total was 17 points. He chipped in 10 and 9 in his other two games to get a 12-point average.

Paul Larsen was a champ on Saturday. The 6-foot-6 power forward took a nasty fall and ended up with a sprained wrist and mild concussion. Showing his toughness, Larsen refused to leave for the hospital until he could get his mug shot taken.

Ian Miller, who is playing with the United Celtics this spring and summer, said he's picked up interest from Florida State, Boston College, Hampton, Richmond, Clemson and Georgia.

Mychal Parker said he's heard from North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Furman.

J.T. Terrell claimed scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Charlotte, Virginia and Miami. He also said that Duke and Kentucky were showing interest.


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