TOC Preview: Wolfpack Targets Invade the Triangle

The annual <B>Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions</b> begins Friday night and several wolfpack prospects will be in attendance. <p> The tournament tips-off at 6:30 PM and finals will be held Sunday afternoon at the Dean Dome on the campus of North Carolina.

StateFans will have extensive coverage of the tournament with analysts at each venue, so stay tuned for game coverage, player updates, and scouting reports.

Next week we will publish interviews from each Wolfpack prospect in attendance to find out about possible unofficial visits, how they played, current lists, and any other information that we can release.

For a complete list of teams, venues, and the full schedule, CLICK HERE. Tickets will be available at the door.

The following Wolfpack prospects are expected to be traveling with their AAU teams to the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Games listed are from pool play; playoffs begin Saturday night and potential pool matchups are listed in the TOC SCHEDULE.

Class of 2005 Wolfpack Targets

(Pool O) Blessed IJN: SF Chad Millard

Chapel Hill High Ct. #1 -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Blessed IJN v Atlanta Celtics Black

NCSU Reynolds -- Saturday 2:00 P.M.
Blessed IJN v Garner Road

NCSU Weisiger-Brown -- Saturday 7:00 P.M.
H-Squad, CA v Blessed IJN

StateFans Extra: Chad will take an unofficial visit to NC State on Thursday prior to the Tournament of Champions. Other notable players for Blessed IJN include: G Marques Johnson (6-5, 185, SOPH), C Carl Swanagan (6-10, 315, SR*), WF Richard Semrau (6-10, 215, SOPH), and BF Alfred Aboya (6-8, 230, JR).

(Pool I) Magnolia Stars: SG Courtney Fells, G Jarvis Hill

DUKE Wilson Ct. #2 -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Magnolia Stars v Michigan Mustangs

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #3 -- Saturday 11:30 A.M.
Magnolia Stars v Salt Lake City Metro

NCSU Reynolds -- Saturday 4:40 P.M.
Magnolia Stars v Southeast Elite

StateFans Extra: Courtney will be in Raleigh for the second time in two weeks, after taking an official visit to NC State on May 15th. Other notable players for the Magnolia Stars include top ten guard Monta Ellis (6-3, 175, JR).

(Pool H) Pittsburgh JOTS: PF/C Ben McCauley

NCSU Reynolds -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Houston Elite v Pittsburgh Jots

DUKE Wilson #1 -- Saturday 2:00 P.M.
DC Assault v Pittsburgh Jots

NCSU Carmichael #2 -- Saturday 4:40 P.M.
Pittsburgh Jots v Charlotte Aces

StateFans Extra: Ben is returning to Raleigh after taking an unofficial visit for the North Carolina game during the season. He will definitely take another unofficial around NC State and could visit UNC as well.

(Pool D) Miami Hurricanes: G Eric Devendorf

NCSU Weisiger-Brown -- Friday 8:00 P.M.
Michigan Hurricanes v South Carolina Topps

DUKE Card Gym -- Saturday 2:00 P.M.
Michigan Hurricanes v New England Playaz

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 4:40 P.M.
Michigan Hurricanes v New Heights Warriors

StateFans Extra: Devendorf will likely check out NC State early Friday afternoon before his game against the Topps at Weisiger-Brown.

(Pool C) The Playaz: F Brandon Costner (PICTURED), F J.R. Inman

NCSU Reynolds -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
The Playaz v Vic Sims A-S

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 2:00 P.M.
The Playaz v Grand Rapids Lightening

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Saturday 7:00 P.M.
The Playaz v Texas Top Prospects

StateFans Extra: Brandon will stay an extra night in the triangle and visit NC State on Monday with his family. Inman will also check out NC State, but only during the tournament. Other notable players for the Playaz include two highly-regarded underclassmen who will be profiled below.

(Pool J) Dallas Mustangs: G Booker Woodfox

DUKE Wilson Ct. #1 -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Dallas Mustangs v Team Richmond

NCSU Carmichael Ct. #2 -- Saturday 11:30 A.M.
Dallas Mustangs v NY Ravens

DUKE Wilson Ct. #1 -- Saturday 7:00 P.M.
Dallas Mustangs v Milw Running Rebels

StateFans Extra: Booker's Dallas Mustangs are generally considered the top AAU team in Texas and also feature outstanding PG Byron Eaton.

(Pool O) Breakdown: G Trevor Ferguson (PICTURED), SG Jermaine Taylor

NCSU Weisiger-Brown -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Team Breakdown v Baltimore Select

Cary Academy -- Saturday 10:00 A.M.
Team Breakdown v NC Gaters Red

NCSU Reynolds -- Saturday 7:00 P.M.
New Orleans Jazz v Team Breakdown

StateFans Extra: Ferguson and Taylor will both be out to showcase their skills this weekend and are receiving interest from NC State. Taylor's an athletic wing who's a prolific scorer and Ferguson's an exciting combo guard prospect who is recovering from a broken wrist.

(Pool G) Delaware Sharpshooters: G Josh Thornton

Cardinal Gibbons HS -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Delaware Sharpshooters v Colorado Pump'n Run

NCSU Weisiger-Brown -- Saturday 11:30 A.M.
DE Sharpshooters v Arizona Magic

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Saturday 4:40 P.M.
Illinois Wolves v DE Sharpshooters

StateFans Extra: Thornton is a scoring combo guard who hails from Delaware. He likes the ACC and is also interested in Wake Forest. Josh won't be the lone star on the Sharpshooters, who also feature the nation's top rising senior center prospect: Eric Boateng.

(Pool P) Mid-State Ballaz: G Richard Delk (PICTURED), G Reginald Delk

East Chapel Hill HS -- Friday 8:00 P.M.
Mid-State Ballerz, TN v Georgia Hawks

UNC Practice Facility -- Saturday 2:00 P.M.
Mid-State Ballerz, TN v Hoop Session, CA

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 7:00 P.M.
NC Gaters Blue v Mid-State Ballerz, TN

StateFans Extra: The Delk twins are playing for the Mid-State Ballaz in the Reebok Shootout, a seperate four-team division of 17-Under squads. We hope to catch them on Sunday at the Dean Dome.

(Pool N) Tallahassee Wildcats: PF Ryan Reid

DUKE Wilson Ct. #2 -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Tallahassee Wildcats v Houston Select

Chapel Hill Hig Ct. #2 -- Saturday 11:30 A.M.
Tallahassee Wildcats v Atlanta Celtics Gold

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #3 -- Saturday 4:40 P.M.
Memphis Bulldogs v Tallahassee Wildcats

StateFans Extra: Reid is probably the best college prospect on a team that features four potential D-1 prospects. Other notable players include: SF Alex Rouff, PG Jermonte Bush, and C Abdul Herrera.

(Pool M) New York Panthers: SF Danny Green

NCSU Reynolds -- Friday 8:00 P.M.
New York Panthers v Smyrna Stars, GA

Cary Academy Ct. #1 -- Saturday 10:00 A.M.
NY Panthers v Beach Ball Select

UNC Smith Center Practice -- Saturday 4:40 P.M.
Meanstreet, IL v New York Panthers

StateFans Extra: Green will reportedly make his way to NC State late Thursday evening for an unofficial visit before playing at Reynolds Friday night.

(Pool K) First Baptist Crusaders: G Jimmy Conyers

NCSU Weisiger-Brown -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
D-One Greyhounds, OH v First Baptist Crusaders

East Chapel Hill HS -- Saturday 10:00 A.M.
SoCal A-S v First Baptist Crusaders

Cary Academy Ct. #1 -- Saturday 4:40 P.M.
First Baptist Crusaders v Jerm. O'Neal A-S

StateFans Extra: Conyers is a strong, athletic combo guard from Maryland who NC State is evaluating.

(Pool H) Houston Elite: SF Gerald Green

NCSU Reynolds -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Houston Elite v Pittsburgh Jots

Cardinal Gibbons HS -- Saturday 10:00 A.M.
Houston Elite v Charlotte Aces

UNC Smith Center Practice -- Saturday 7:00 P.M.
DC Assault v Houston Elite, TX

StateFans Extra: Looking for a player to possibly emerge as one of the elite players in the country? That just might be Gerald Green, who some have compared to NBA star Tracy McGrady in the type of skills he has on the basketball court. Houston Elite also features super PG Jovan Adams.

Class of 2006 Wolfpack Targets

16-U Carolina Celtics: F Jamie Skeen

Chapel Hill High Ct. #2 -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Carolina Celtics v Atlanta Celtics (16s)

NCSU Carmichael Ct. #1 -- Saturday 10:00 A.M.
Carolina Celtics v Las Vegas Prospects (16s)

East Chapel Hill HS -- Saturday 3:20 P.M.
Carolina Celtics v KC Pump n' Run (16s)

StateFans Extra: Jamie is arguably the top rising junior prospect in the state of North Carolina and NC State, UNC, and Wake Forest are all heavily recruiting him. He's definitely one to watch and currently favors the Wolfpack.

(Pool C) Playaz: PG Jawan Carter, SG Wayne Ellington (6-4, 185, SOPH)

NCSU Reynolds -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
The Playaz v Vic Sims A-S

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 2:00 P.M.
The Playaz v Grand Rapids Lightening

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Saturday 7:00 P.M.
The Playaz v Texas Top Prospects

StateFans Extra: Carter and Ellington are playing up in the 17-Under Division with The Playaz Basketball Club... as the starting backcourt. A very talented duo of guards who are also interested in the Wolfpack.


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