Rankin Catches Fire At Challenge

Marquis Rankin was impressive at the Carolina Challenge. Many left with high opinions of him, as he's firmly put himself towards the top of the 2011 point guard list.

Marquis Rankin made a statement at the Carolina Challenge.

The 6-foot, 160-pound lead guard raced up and down the court, scoring at will at Cary (N.C.) Academy two weekends ago. Showing his elite speed and athleticism, Rankin proved he's one of the best the state of North Carolina has to offer in 2011.

"I think I out played a lot of guys," Rankin told Scout.com. "I don't take plays off and I play hard the whole game."

"I think [the event] went real well," he continued. "There was a lot of talent there. I think I played well. I showed people what I can do, but I also showed people that I'm a team player."

Rankin, a sophomore at Charlotte (N.C.) Vance, had a strong season and he parlayed that into a big weekend at the Challenge. The 2011 prospect ranks among the top point guards in the class and has great court awareness.

"I think I can distribute the ball well and put my teammates in position for better shots and I can see the floor," he said.

Recruiting is already in full swing for Rankin. He's got a pair of offers – Wake Forest and Louisiana Tech -- as well as strong interest from Clemson, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.

"It's been going good," Rankin said of the process. "It's kind of tough though because of all of the attention that I'm getting and being that I'm young."

Rankin has taken a handful of visits to Wake Forest, and the Demon Deacons have made a strong initial impression on the highly touted lead guard.

"I like Wake Forest," Rankin said. "I like their program and I like their coaching staff. I like the way they play."

This coming spring and summer Rankin will play with the United Celtics. They'll kick off their AAU season in Pittsburgh at the Pitt Jam Fest, and then will close out the month in Akron for the King James Shooting Stars Classic.


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