Carolina Challenge: 2012

CARY, N.C. -- On Monday we showcased the top players from the 2011 class at the Carolina Challenge, today we take at peak at what the 2012 class had to offer.

Shawn Lester, SG, Mooresville – Only got to see this 6-foot-3 guard once, but he certainly left a lasting impression. He's got great form on his effortless jump shot and his range extends past the three-point strip. To go with his off the catch shooting, Lester is solid off the bounce and showed a floater and a mid-range pull up in his arsenal. Although it was only one game, we think this guy is tracking as a high-major prospect.

Joseph Uchebo, C, Oak Ridge Military – Coming into this event there's been a lot of talk about this North Carolina State commit. Well the 6-foot-11, 230-pound center certainly lived up to the hype at the Challenge. An aggressive big man that demands the ball, Uchebo is a willing passer out of the post, but he's also capable of scoring a variety of ways. He showed an ability to finish with both hands at the rim, and can step away from the basket and knock down 18-footers.

Montrezl Harrell, PF, North Edgecombe – An undersized bruiser, Harrell was quite efficient in his first outing at the Carolina Challenge. The 6-foot-7 power forward was 7-for-8 from the field. His seven field goals including a pair of jump hooks and a trio of three-pointers. Don't let the fact that he's slightly undersized, Harrell can play. Whether it's facing the basket for jumpers or banging inside, Harrell is capable.

Tyler Lewis, PG, Forsyth Country Day – A crowd favorite, Lewis, a 5-foot-11, 155-pound point guard, put together the best outing of the day. Don't let his size fool you; Lewis is a magician with the ball, a tremendous passer that rarely misses an open teammate and is a guy that knows how to run a teamm. He also has a quality mid-range game that includes a sweet floater.

Lewis took on Marquis Rankin and Braxton Ogbueze and neither could check him. Throughout the three games he played, Lewis showed some flare to his game and kept the crowd on their feet. Lewis averaged 13.7 points a game and a number of his assists. His best effort was 13 assists in his first game.

Braxton Ogbueze, PG, Vance – While Lewis was the best on the day, Ogbueze may have been the best long-term point guard prospect in attendance. At 6-foot, 185-pounds, Obgueze has terrific quickness and changes speeds very well. His jump shot is a weapon, as he has range and consistency from deep. Ogbueze, who also has a strong handle, averaged 12.7 points a game.

T.J. Warren, SF, Riverside – High majors are already taking notice of this 6-foot-6, 180-pound small forward. Blessed with a strong frame, Warren is tough at the rim, a solid athlete and a guy likes to mix it up for offensive boards. He didn't seem comfortable attacking to his left, but he spent plenty of time aggressively going to the rim on the right side. Warren tied for 4th in scoring with 16.3 points per game.

Shawn Lester said he's heard from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Penn State and East Carolina.

Tyler Lewis recited offers from Virginia Tech, Auburn, VCU, Richmond and High Point. He's also fielded interest from Stanford, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Montrezl Harrell claims offers from Virginia and South Carolina. Wake Forest, Maryland, Xavier and Southern California are also in the mix.

Braxton Ogbueze said Virginia has offered him. He also mentioned South Carolina, Clemson and Wake Forest.

T.J. Warren listed five schools – South Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Xavier and Indiana.

Madison Jones was the only lead guard that was able to slow Tyler Lewis down some. This 6-foot, 150-pound guard used his length and lateral quickness to stay in front of him. A solid mid-level prospect, Jones also has a solid handle and decent looking jump shot. Quayshad Williams, of Greensboro (N.C.) Day, proved to be active, especially on defense. He's got a big frame at 6-foot-7, 235-pounds. He's definitely one to monitor. Carlton Ford, of Fayetteville (N.C.) Westover, is a speedy guard. He's end-to-end speed was impressive, as was his athleticism.

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