Carolina Challenge: 2011 Checklist

CARY, N.C. -- The best prospects in North Carolina took the court at Cary Academy for the Carolina Challenge over the weekend. Among to the top 2011 prospects was Marquis Rankin, who stole the show with his speed and athleticism.

Jacoby Davis, PG – Over the course of the one game we took in Davis' team, he proved to be a tough match for the opposition, as he played solid defense on opposing lead guards. Offensively, he didn't have a great day, but he certainly held his own. He's a capable long-range shooter and appears to understand how to run the point guard spot. He is just one of a number of talented guards at Charlotte (N.C.) Vance.

Devince Boykins, SG – Unfortunately the 6-foot-3 guard was sick for much of the day. We did, however, take in one of his games. As just as sophomore he's equipped with a strong, impressive frame. Although his shots weren't falling, it was clear he's a talent for college coaches to continue to monitor.

Chris Wilson, PG – Full of quality guards at the camp, Wilson, a 6-foot-2 lead man, managed to stand out because of his leadership skills, steadiness and defense. He was solid in all aspects and appears to be a guy that mid-major programs will target. He showed an ability to finish with his off hand in traffic and knocked an off the dribble three-pointer. Often times he dribbled to the corner, leaving him with nowhere to go, so that is an area of concern.

Marshall Plumlee, PF – Already taller than both of his brothers (Miles and Mason), Plumlee stands right around 6-foot-11 and just over 200-pounds. Running the floor comes easy to this Plumlee, and he looks to get out in transition when possible. He's a valuable teammate that understands the game, sets solid screens and constantly talks and positions his teammates. Offensively, he's still developing moves, but is capable of hooks with both hands.

Quincy Miller, PF/SG – Versatility is what separates Miller from a number of other forwards in the class of 2011. Athletically he's gifted, and he's a guy that can play both forward positions, but is more comfortable playing a face up four type role at this stage in his development. We are impressed with the way he runs the floor and attacks the basket. Strength and shooting are two areas he'll need to continue to develop. His best move of the day was a drive from the top key, where he jump stopped into the lane and threw down a two-handed dunk.

Anthony Williams, C – At first glance you'd never think this 6-foot-8, 225-pound center was a sophomore in high school, but he is. Built with a huge frame and a soft pair of mitts, Williams impressed us with his ability to bang inside and step out and knock down mid-range jumpers, which he did on more than one occasion.

Marquis Rankin, PG – C.J. Leslie and Ian Miller were the most impressive 2010 prospects and Rankin, a 5-foot-11 lead guard, was the most exciting 2011 prospect at the Challenge. From the opening game he had it rolling and he certainly created a buzz around the gym.

Blessed with elite speed and athleticism, Rankin established himself as a true point guard that can break down defenders, finish at the rim and find open teammates. Although he's not known for his shooting ability, he still managed to bury a number of three-pointers. Camp ball doesn't lead to a ton of fabulous defensive efforts, but Rankin was one of the few making it tough for the opposition.

Bernard Sullivan, PF – Although he's slightly undersized for the power forward spot, Sullivan, a 6-foot-7, 200-pounder, stays active inside, knows how to score over taller defenders in the paint and is efficient from mid-range. It also appears that he loves to run up and down the floor, as he pushed rebounds up the floor and ran looking to score.

Tony Kimbro, SG – A Louisville (Ky.) native, Kimbro transferred out of state to Arden (N.C.) Christ School this year and the move was a success. His game has matured and the southpaw has turned himself into a knock down spot up shooter, despite his slow release. As the day went on, Kimbro got better. The 6-foot-4 two-guard snagged rebounds and pushed the break at every opportunity. He's also an underrated passer.

John Cannon, C – Already Cannon, a sophomore, stands 6-foot-10, 225-pounds. In his first game of the day he blended in and scored off tip ins, but his second game he became much more active. He even showed a face up game that included a jumper from 18-feet and a three-pointer. Offensively he needs to continue to develop, but he plays hard and it's clear he's a solid looking long-term prospect.

Bishop Daniels, PG – Quietly Daniels was second in the camp in scoring with 14 points per contest. The 6-foot-1 combo guard scored a handful of times at the rim in his last game of the day, which was his first time playing in the main gym. Word around camp was he threw down some big time dunks in the early games, and it's not surprising because he's an elite leaper.

P.J. Hairston, SG – There's a chance for Hairston to be one of the elite shooters in his class. In his opening round contest, Hairston dialed in from deep, showing off his serious range. But he had more than just deep jumpers falling, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wing also was knocking down step-in jumpers from 18-feet and he hit the glass looking for tip opportunities.

Anthony Stitt, PG – We're looking forward to seeing this 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard again for a handful of reasons, but mainly because he's intriguing. Despite having somewhat of a loose handle, Stitt, of Charlotte (N.C.) Butler, stayed under control, buried mid-range jumpers and finished well at the rim. Charlotte is producing a handful of very talented underclassmen guards and Stitt is one of them.

Deuce Bello, SG – The ultra athletic Bello played his first two games in the second gym and word circulated that he put on a show. Once he hit the main floor for his final game, he looked winded, which was to be expected. With all that said, he's an elite athlete that gets off the ground quick. He may have been tired, but he still attacked the rim looking for buckets. He played on the ball for his camps team, but he's more of a two-guard at this stage in the game.

Travion Leonard, PF – The play of the day came from this 6-foot-7, 275-pound center. Leonard received a pass on the fast break, attacked the rim daring AAU teammate Donta Harper to block his shot. Harper tried, and he failed, as Leonard slammed home a ferocious dunk that left Harper lying on the floor. While that was the play of the day, Leonard did some other nice things as well. He's got a nice set of hands that pretty much caught everything thrown his way and he's got nice touch inside.

Jervon Pressley, PF/C – From the get go, Pressley wanted to mix it up inside, and that's exactly what he did. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound big man played hard, displayed a right jump hook and remained active on both ends of the floor. He did have trouble handling a few passes, but overall this is a guy to keep an eye on.

The P.J. Hairston sweepstakes are down to two schools. The 6-foot-5 guard said he's looking at Florida and North Carolina. At this point just the Gators have thrown a scholarship offer his way.

Quincy Miller has an array of schools looking at him. He mentioned Duke, North Carolina, Florida, USC, Memphis, South Carolina, Detroit, Auburn, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State

Marquis Rankin rattled off a list that included Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, South Carolina and Louisiana Tech. If he continues to play like he did at this event, his list will continue to grow.

Deuce Bell said he has offers from Wake Forest, Oklahoma State and Baylor. He also mentioned Virginia Tech, Duke North Carolina, Florida, High Point, Charlotte and Memphis.

Michael Neal can really score it. The combo guard knocked down a bunch of threes and was steady throughout the day. Jackson Simmons, a 6-foot-7 power forward, showed a right hook and has the potential to be a mid-major prospect down the road. Jacquis Moore seemed to be all over the court at times. He was active, dropped in a three or two and finished at the rim.


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