Breeden Eying Tobacco Road

When people think of Marlboro County High (S.C.), the first name that pops into the heads of most recruiting fans is ReSean Dickey. That may change – and quick. <P>

Dickey is a senior big man who has already signed with Georgia Tech, but he might not even be the best player on his own high school team. That distinction could go to 6-8, 190-pound junior Cassan Breeden before long.

Breeden is an athletic forward who plays with a passion and energy that compliments the mild-mannered and laid-back approach of Dickey.

His most active suitor is N.C. State, but UNC and others are also keeping tabs on his progress this season.

"I don't really have a favorite, but N.C. State is sending me mail every day," Breeden said. "I like their coaching staff a lot and I like the fact that Julius Hodge plays for them because people compare me to him."

"North Carolina State has really been persistent and moved high on his list," Marlboro County coach Kevin Spencer said. ``I don't want to go to school in-state," Breeden added. "Anywhere outside of South Carolina, but not too far. I really like North Carolina and the fact that the program is at such a high level. All those guys have a chance to go to the NBA if they play at Carolina – no matter who the coach is."

Breeden took a recent visit to Chapel Hill for Midnight Madness and came away impressed.

``It was all that and a bag of chips," a charismatic Breeden said.

Breeden also mentioned Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Memphis as possibilities. According to Spencer, Memphis is the only one to have put forth an offer thus far out of those five schools. Spencer said that Florida, St. Joseph's, South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn and Iowa State have all offered a scholarship.

While Breeden will be more of a wing forward in college, he'll play both forward spots for Spencer at Marlboro County.

``He's really been working on his jump shot and trying to extend his range and become more consistent on his 3-pointer," Spencer said. "He's very athletic and has springs. He can run the floor as well as anyone I've ever seen and is very active."

In addition to become more consistent with his perimeter shot, Breeden also wants to work on his ballhandling.

``He brings so much energy and gives you 120 percent on both ends of the floor," South Carolina Ravens coach Dion Bethea said. "He just loves to play the game and really wants to win. He's just so athletic and reminds me a lot of Darius Miles."

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