Carolina Challenge: 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. -- As usual the Carolina Challenge was quite competitive this year. Among the 2011 prospects that stood out to us were Quincy Miller, Desmine Wells and Kevin Thomas.

Terrence Williams, SG, West Meckleburg – In the first game of the day Williams showed quite a bit of raw talent. A 6-foot-4 shooting guard with a pair of long arms, T-Will is quite an athlete that finishes well above the rim, but he's more than just a jumping jack. Williams whole scoring package was on display, as he knocked down a trio of three-pointers and a step-in 15-footer.

John Cannon, C, Mountain Heritage – At 6-foot-11, 240-pounds, Cannon was one of the biggest prospects at the Carolina Challenge. What we liked about the Burnsville native was his developed right jump hook. He knocked down a pair of them and it's clear that is his go-to move when he receives a pass on the block. Cannon also recorded a few blocks. For a guy his size, we'd like to see him attack the glass a bit more.

Chris Wilson, PG, Terry Sanford – In the game we took in Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound lead guard, controlled the game for his team. An unselfish prospect that always keeps his head up, Wilson ran the break well and showed good court vision. The southpaw didn't take many jumpers, but did knock in a three-pointer and showed a floater. Mid-level schools are on him and should continue to pursue this talented floor general.

Marquis Rankin, PG, Vance – The Charlotte (N.C.) Vance standout certainly had his moments at the Challenge. A 6-foot floor general, Rankin has impressive speed and athleticism. Those attributes specifically help him in transition and he's tough to keep out of the lane in half court sets.

What stood out to us the most on Saturday was his willingness to defend. He's got the lateral quickness and strength to be a pretty good defender and he showed that at times. After missing on his long-range tries early in camp, his second game of the day Rankin managed a trio of three-pointers.

Quincy Miller, PF, Quality Education – There wasn't much of a doubt about who was the best prospect at the Carolina Challenge. Showcasing a much-improved jump shot, Miller, a 6-foot-9, possibly 6-foot-10 versatile forward, made it a point to prove to everyone in attendance that he could not only shoot it from three, but also well behind the stripe.

To go with the numerous long distance jumpers Miller knocked down, he was a force defensively. An active shot blocker, Miller used his length, timing and athleticism to virtually control the paint. Going forward we'd still like to see him become a better rebounder, but it's hard to complain much about the performances he strung together on Saturday. Miller was tied for 6th in scoring at 15.7 a game.

Jackson Simmons, PF, Smoky Mountain – Perhaps the most surprising player of the day was this 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward. Despite his lack of strength, Simmons out played nearly every big man thrown his way. He's efficient, defends the post and has a strong motor. Offensively he showed jump hooks over both shoulders, has soft hands and showed an ability to knock down mid-range jumpers with consistency. He tied for 6th in scoring at 15.7 a game.

Tyquan Roberts, PF/SF, Ragdale -- There weren't many guys at camp that could shoot it quite like Roberts. The 6-foot-5 combo forward showed great form on his jumper as well as deep range on his shot. He hit at least two three-pointers every game and finished in the top 15 in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Going forward we'd like to see him show a little more off the dribble.

Bishop Daniels, SG, Word of God – Although we only got to see the 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard once, word kept trickling to the main gym that Daniels was having a field day against the opposition. So by the time he played on the main court expectations had built up. Then he lived up to them going 7-for-10 from the field and knocking down a number of three-pointers. Daniels, a high-level athlete, also mixed in an array of dunks. He led the camp in scoring with an average of 21.7 points per game.

Bernard Sullivan, PF, North Mecklenburg – The 6-foot-7, 215-pound power forward left a lasting impression on us on Saturday. He looked much more explosive since our last glance, but he was certainly more than just an athlete at the challenge. Sullivan showed a right jump hook, range to 21-feet on his jumper and was active on the glass. His best move came when he was challenged against Jervon Pressley. Sullivan responded with a great offensive rebound and backwards jam. He averaged 11 points a game.

Tabarris Hamilton, SG, West Forsyth – On a team full of scorers, Hamilton, a 6-foot-3 guard, certainly fit right in. The lanky Hamilton has a scorer's mentality and certainly has the scoring package to go with it. He showed off an impressive mid-range game, but is also true to the three-point stripe. Word is he may need prep, but he's one to definitely keep an eye on.

Tony Kimbro, SF, Christ School – Easily the best we've seen of this 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing. A Kentucky native that plays in Arden (N.C.), Kimbro showed off a much-improved jump shot. His first game of the day he buried five three-pointers and he tossed in at least five more in his last contest. Despite having a slow release, Kimbro didn't have any problem getting his shot off and he showed deep, deep range. He was 2nd in the event in scoring at 18.3 points a game.

P.J. Hairston, SG/SF, Dudley – The future North Carolina prospect was solid throughout the day, but he didn't put together his best effort. Hairston struggled to get his long distance jumpers to go down. With that said, he's got such a strong frame and that helps him finish around the rim. He's a quality athlete that really dunks with some power as well. He scored 16.3 points per game.

Kevin Thomas, PF/SF, Christian Faith – A solid athlete, Thomas was especially good at the Carolina Challenge. A combo forward, he showed his versatility and his ability to play both forward spots. His mid-range jumper was falling and the lefty also managed to knock down a three-pointer here and there. Thomas rebounded the ball well, finished at the rim and showed some serious potential.

Anthony Gill, PF, Charlotte Christian – His first game against Quincy Miller wasn't his best outing, but in round two Gill showed off his skill set. A winner with an impressive basketball IQ, Gill made basketball plays and didn't seem to force anything. He's got a solid skill set, has an ability to face up defenders for jumper and has a developed right jump hook. He finished top 10 in scoring at 14.7 points a game.

Terry Whisnant, SG, Cherryville – There wasn't a better shooter at the event than this 6-foot-4 long-range bomber. He had it dialed in from deep, and considering he averaged over 50-percent from three during his high school season this shouldn't be a major surprise. His form is solid, he's got a relatively quick release and his range extends well behind the stripe. Going forward he'll need to add some stuff off the bounce, but he's a remarkable shooter.

Jacob Lawson, PF, Oak Ridge Military – This is a heck of a long-term prospect. At 6-foot-8, 215-pound this power forward has good length, a strong frame and high-level athleticism. Lawson runs the floor well, blocks shots and also showed range to 16-feet. Around the rim he was a capable finisher and a guy that worked the glass for tip dunks and put back opportunities.

Jervon Pressley, C, Waddell – He looks a lot bigger than the 6-foot-7, 210-pound he was listed at. Blessed with massive wingspan, Pressley was physical with the opposition throughout the Carolina Challenge. He welcomed all competitors inside and he seemed to thrive off competition. He's a bit raw on the block, but he did show a right jump hook and was aggressive enough to try and dunk on defenders on more than on occasion. Because of his activeness and physicality, Preslley has a chance.

Dezmine Wells, SF, Word of God – When it's all said and done, just about every school in the state of North Carolina is going to be upset they let this 6-foot-4, 210-pound monster get out of the state. A tough kid, Wells, who is committed to Xavier, attacks the rim with aggression and is a bull inside. Although his jump shot looked good, he struggled to get shots to fall. He did, however, average 12.7 points a gamer.

Marshall Plumlee, C, Christ School – Plum3 had mixed reviews throughout the challenge. One thing you can't deny is his ability to own the paint when he wants to. Because of his timing, athleticism and length, Plumlee is a terrific shot blocker and a guy that will go after every rebound in his vicinity. Plumlee gives maximum effort every time out and does have a solid jump hook that he'll break out on the block.

Marquis Rankin said he has scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. He also mentioned that North Carolina is keeping tabs on him.

Quincy Miller listed a host of programs. He mentioned Georgetown, Memphis, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Texas, Connecticut and Syracuse.

Jackson Simmons said he has offers from Elon, Wofford and Appalachian State. He also mentioned William & Mary, Richmond, Old Dominion, Davidson, Georgia and Virginia.

Kevin Thomas said he's heard form Connecticut, Marquette, Arkansas, Alabama and South Carolina. The Golden Eagle are the only school to offer thus far.

Bernard Sullivan claims scholarship offers from Clemson, Davidson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State and South Carolina. He also said Georgetown and Harvard are recruiting him. He's planning a spring decision.

Jacob Lawson has offers from Miami, Syracuse, Wake Forest and North Carolina State. He also said Florida State and Kentucky are showing varying degrees of interest.

Anthony Williams, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound big man, is tough to keep off the glass. He's got a wide frame that he'll use to shield off the opposition for rebounds. Demarcus Harrison, of Arden (N.C.) Christ School, certainly had his moments. He wasn't real aggressive offensively, but he did make some nice moves, knock down some threes and showed a mid-range game. Despite lacking great speed, Keith Bellfied, of Concord (N.C.) Cannon School, made his presence felt. The 6-foot-5 wing has great form on his jumper, was aggressive offensively and showed a nice overall skill set. Aaron Roundtree was active for his camp team. The 6-foot-7, 185-pound face up four man knocked down a number of jumpers and was active on both ends of the floor. Playing on a team with a lot of scorers, Jerome Seagers didn't get many looks on offensive. He did, however, run the team, show solid ball handling and knocked down a three-pointer. Devince Boykins showed flashes. He's got a great frame and impressive athleticism, but he wasn't consistent. Anthony Stitt had his moments at the Carolina Challenge. He's great at creating space and showed off a quality long range jump shot.


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