Carolina Challenge: 2010 Checklist

CARY, N.C. -- Dave Telep's third annual Carolina Challenge was a success. C.J. Leslie and Ian Miller were the standouts, as no one at Cary Academy could keep either in check.

C.J. Leslie, PF/SF – Quite possibly the most impressive performer of the day, Leslie looked like a new man. When Leslie wanted to score, he went to the rim and more often than not he threw down a slam-dunk. At 6-foot-8, 200-pounds Leslie is a versatile forward that has the chance to make a move to the wing if his jumper and handle continues to develop.

This was the hardest we'd ever seen the Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God standout play. He attacked the rim off the dribble and worked in a few jumpers, but majority of his points came at the rim, where he either cleaned up misses or tossed in dunks. He's among the best athletes in the 2010 class and appears to be turning up his play.


Miller Had Great Showing
Ian Miller, SG/PG – Equally as impressive as Leslie was Miller, who won a state championship at Charlotte (N.C.) United Faith. He's a flat out scorer. Defenders at the Challenge couldn't check him, whether he was penetrating or pulling up for mid to long range jumpers. Miller's vision has improved; he's become a better passer and has developed a pure stroke from long range. Florida State scored a good one, as he's primed for a great ending to his high school career.

Emanuel Chapman, PG – Every change he received to push the break, Chapman did it. The 5-foot-11 lead guard is a solid handler, sees the floor and can dish out the rock. He does, however, have a desire to throw in some flare and that can get him in some trouble. With that said, he had a pretty good showing at the Challenge and when we saw him he had his pull-up jumper working from deep.

Kadeem Green, PF – The Challenge was full of size and among the taller prospects in attendance was this 6-foot-8, possibly 6-foot-9 power forward. Green's long, lean frame has trouble taking much contact, but he does run the floor looking to score, remains relatively active on both ends and is working on his moves inside.

Akil Mitchell, SF/PG – Coming into this event, we weren't that familiar with Mitchell. After watching him zip up and down the floor, grabbing rebounds, knocking down shots and attacking the rim, we certainly left wanting to find out more. At 6-foot-6, 205-pounds this combo forward is a ball of energy that plays hard and is capable of playing both forward spots.

J.T. Terrell, SG – Until the last few seconds of the Carolina Challenge, Terrell struggled to get it going from the field, however the 6-foot-3, 175-pound hit a big shot when it was needed. Down by two and just a few seconds left, Terrell took an inbound and drained a runner from just inside half court to give his squad a one-point win. The Wake Forest commit is a high level athlete, with a nice looking jumper, but needs to tighten up his shot selection.

Reggie Bullock, SG – Effortless and smooth are two ways to describe Reggie Bullock's game. The jumper wasn't as consistent on Saturday as we've seen in the past, but he has terrific form and shoots it with such ease. At 6-foot-6 he's got exceptional size for the position and has improve his passing ability. He showed an ability to put it on the deck for a pair of dribbles and pull-up for a mid-range jumper or drop in a floater. It's rare that he goes all the way to the rim, which is something that he could work on.


Love Attacked The Rim
Stargell Love, PG/SG – Every time we looked up, Love was blowing by a defender on his way to the rim. Love seemingly got to the rim at will and finished once he got there. A pretty talented athlete, Love is a guy that can play both guard spots, due to his ability to score, handle the rock and find open teammates. The one thing we didn't see from him was his jumper. His bread is clearly buttered by attacking the rim, but if he added a consistent jumper it would make him tougher to guard.

Corey Raley-Ross, SG/PG – Every chance he got, Raley-Ross, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound combo guard, looked to score. The mid-range jumper was on full display, as we counted at least five pull-up jumpers from 15 to 18-feet in the two games we saw of him. He also moved out and knocked in a three-pointer. While the jumper was clearly on, he got in the paint too, showing a nice floater once there.

George MaNgoue, C – It takes a lot to handle this Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day standout. Standing 6-foot-8 and checking in at 235-pound, MaNgoue is a big, strong burly prospect that likes to throw his weight around inside. Rebounding is a plus for him as is strength. Offensively he's still a little raw, but has no problem finishing with contact.

Brennan Wyatt, PG – Quick and crafty are two words to describe the Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley standout. Although he's just 5-foot-9, Wyatt is a true set up guy. Defenders had a tough time keeping Wyatt out in front and when he got a look from three, he usually buried it. His speed and vision help him standout. Mid –majors will surely give him a peak.

Leek Leek, SF – Tthere's still work to do, but the Greensboro (N.C.) Veritas Sports Academy product is fun to watch because of the level of intensity he brings to the table. A 6-foot-6 wing, Leek is an above average athlete that patrols the paint looking for rebounds. Offensively he struggled to score inside, but he's got a decent looking stroke, especially from mid-range.


Canty Led Camp In Scoring
Jay Canty, SG – A former High Point commit, Canty is a guy that raised his stock at the Carolina Challenge. Around the rim, he snagged rebounds and looked for tip dunks. Offensively he's tough to stop off when he wants to attack the rim. His jump shot still needs some work, as he has exceptionally high arc on his shot. He's got a live body with a long, lean frame and is a guy that appears ready to take his game to the next level. Canty led the camp in scoring with just over 15 per game.

Damontre Harris, C/PF – At first glance it's easy to see why some think Demontre Harris is a heck of a prospect. Harris, a standout at Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian, was active all day long and used his 6-foot-9, 200-pound frame every chance he got. He'll need to add weight to his frame, but college coaches should keep tabs, as he has bright days ahead.

Melvin Tabb, PF – At times the Wake Forest commit seemed to be pressing on Saturday. A face up power forward, Tabb will need to trim up his shot selection, as he spent a lot of time shooting deep jumpers and off the dribble shots. We'll give him credit though; he certainly plays hard and seems to be all over the court. Tabb, a 6-foot-8 forward, is certainly a talented, live body that bounces around the paint searching for tips as well.

With C.J. Leslie now back on the market, the freakishly athletic junior said things have been pretty hectic for him. Among the schools already showing interest are Florida, Virginia Tech, Memphis, North Carolina and Miami.

Jay Canty said he hasn't heard from anyone since he parted ways with High Point. This is a guy that is playing great ball right now and could certainly contribute at a top rated mid-major program.

Sebastian Koch, a 6-foot-8 junior from Arden (N.C.) Christ School, can really shoot it from deep. The wing has range and is at least a mid-level specialist. Reco McCarter, a lefty, never got it fully going in the one game we watched. He's got great size (6-foot-7) for a wing and appears to have a lot of potential as a defender. Unfortunately we only got to see Jarell Eddie's team once. In that one he was semi-quiet, but still managed a few pull-up jumpers. For a wing Anthony Thomas has great size at 6-foot-7. Offensively he was somewhat quiet, but it's clear he's a talent. Tashawn Mabry waited until the last half of his last game to get it going. He began posting on the block, facing up defenders and running the court looking for scoring opportunities. Lucas Troutman corralled rebounds and looked for tip opportunities. The Arden (N.C.) Christ School standout is definitely a high mid-level guy, but will likely draw some high major looks too. Great effort from him on Saturday. Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield School product Brian Richardson is a tough guy to figure out. He's got a lean frame, that he'll clearly need to add some weight to, but he certainly knows the game and attacks the basket well. Detrique Baker, a 6-foot-9 200-pound big man, has a massive wingspan. We only got to see his team once, so we didn't get a great feel for him, but he looks like a prospect!


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