Pack Pride's Carolina Challenge Report

RALEIGH, N.C. - The sixth annual Dave Telep Carolina Challenge was held on Saturday at Ravenscroft and several NC State targets participated in the event.

The event displayed 80 of the best freshmen, sophomores and juniors that the state has to offer.

Among the the participants were some guys that N.C. State is recruiting. Here's five of them that are worth noting.

1. Theo Pinson (2014, wing) - A bouncy, athletic wing that is among the elite in his class. He got to the rim well and played some lock-down defense on five-star guard Allerik Freeman.

Though, Freeman showed up in the first quarter and came into the game cold, Pinson was instrumental in him only scoring one point in the game.

One knock on Pinson is a suspect jumper, and he didn't particularly shoot it well from deep here, but he did finish ninth in scoring at the event at 13 points per game.

2. Kennedy Meeks (2013, post) - A big-bodied post player, Meeks played better after Isaiah Hicks gave him all he wanted in the first game of the day.

Meeks is down in weight a tad since December, but he still has some work to do as far as his body type for him to reach his full potential. He's about 6-foot-8, 270 these days. He did display great timing for shot blocking and displayed a knack for just making some plays.

He finished the day 11th in scoring with 12 points per game.

3. Greg McClinton (2013, wing) - He coasted through the day showing athleticism but never really showed the intensity that people knock him for lacking, but don't be fooled, he still had a good day and put up solid numbers. He helped his team to get better and produced.

He has elite ability and proved his four stars are legit. He ended the day averaging 11.3 points (tied for 13th).

4. Shelton Mitchell (2014, point guard) - Mitchell went head-to-head with top 25 point guard JaQuel Richmond, and completely out played Richmond.

Mitchell is a bigger point guard at about 6-4. He made Kendall Marshall-like pinpoint passes that went full-court. And though he has the savvy of a Marshall, he also has the flare of a Jason Kidd.

As Mitchell gets bigger, his skillset is really beginning to shine. His performance (especially his ability to facilitate and be a floor general) will have scouts and coaches paying him attention. He finished the day averaging 8.3 points (tied for 36th overall).

5. Caleb and Cody Martin (2014, wings) - Not the best showing for the Martin twins. Though, this isn't exactly a setting they stand out in considering they are both fundamental and skilled. They do a variety of things and are unselfish players.

One can only wonder if playing apart from one another hurt them. Cody averaged 5.3 points per game (tied for 62nd), and Caleb averaged 4.7 (tied for 67th).

Parting Shots
Raleigh's own Josh Newkirk finished in the top 10 in scoring, averaging 14.7 points a game. ... Allerik Freeman said that N.C. State is one of the schools showing him the most interest, even though he cut list to Villanova and Kansas. ... Despite struggling, Jaquel Richmond is recovering from an injury. ... Tyrone Outlaw 's athleticism was impressive and he fully had it on display. Expect to see his recruitment pick up.

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