LOCATION: Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina
DIRECTIONS: [FROM I-40] -- Take Exit 287 Harrison Avenue / Cary. Travel approximately 1 mile and turn left at 5th light into Cary Academy. Veer right and gym is located in the back of campus.
ROSTERS: Printed rosters will be available at the event.
FORMAT: 80 players are divided into eight teams named after former stars from the state of North Carolina. Each player is guaranteed three games.
DAILY SCHEDULE: CAROLINA CHALLENGE – MARCH 29
7:30 am - 8:45: Check In / Gear Dispersal
9:00 am – 9:25: Introduction / Team Practice
9:30 am: Court 1 (MAIN) Paul vs. Haywood
Court 2 (SEA GYM) Stackhouse vs. Jamison
10:40 am: Court 1(MAIN) Howard vs. West
Court 2 (SEA GYM) Simmons vs. Randolph
11:45: Recruiting/Academic Seminar (friends & family); Lunch (Stackhouse, Jamison, Simmons, Randolph); Skill Work (Paul, Haywood, Howard, West)
12:30 pm: Lunch (Paul, Haywood, Howard, West); Skill (Stackhouse, Jamison, Simmons, Randolph)
1:20 pm: Court 1 (MAIN) Paul vs. Stackhouse
Court 2 (SEA GYM) Haywood vs. Jamison
2:30 pm: Court 1 (MAIN) Howard vs. Simmons
Court 2 (SEA GYM) West vs. Randolph
3:35 pm – 4:05: "Are You Recruitable?"
4:10 pm: Court 1 (MAIN) Jamison vs. Randolph
Court 2 (SEA GYM) Haywood vs. Stackhouse
5:20 pm: Court 1 (MAIN) West vs. Simmons
Court 2 (SEA GYM) Paul vs Howard
The best underclassmen in North Carolina are getting together again.
For the third-straight year Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge will bring the state's top underclassmen together for an all-day showcase on March 29th at Cary Academy in Raleigh (N.C.).
Throughout the high school season, Telep traveled the state of North Carolina searching, evaluating and inviting the top underclassmen that it had to offer. The process wasn't easy, but Telep had to cut the list off at 80 prospects.
NC State fans will get a chance to see some of the Wolfpack's top targets, potential prospects, and some future opponents at this year's event!
Here are some of the top performers expected to be in attendance.
Forward C.J. Leslie (2010): Raleigh Word of God
An early commitment to NC State, Leslie had a great junior season at Word of God, and he is considered one of the top players in the country. Leslie has since decommitted, but the Wolfpack remains in the mix.
With fellow 2010 standouts Reggie Bullock, Tashawn Mabry, Reco McCarter, and Jay Canty on hand, Leslie will be looking to stake his claim as the state's top rising senior.
Small Forward Reco McCarter (2010): Goldsboro Wayne Country Day
A 6-foot-7, 180-pound southpaw, McCarter is long, athletic, and plays with passion. After a strong showing at Dave Telep's 2008 Carolina Challenge, he suited up on the AAU circuit with the North Carolina Gaters and quickly established a reputation as one of the state's top 2010 prospects.
He already claims an offer from NC State, and he'll to showcase his talents on Saturday.
Guard Brian Richardson (2010): Wilson Greenfield
At 6-foot-5, he has the size to play on the wing but the ballhandling and playmaking ability of a guard. His versatility is a major asset. He holds a few offers and could land more with a big spring and summer.
Richardson may not have the reputation of Bullock or Mabry, but some across the state think he's just as talented. Virginia and South Carolina have already extended offers.
Forward Tashawn Mabry (2010): Rocky Mount
Claiming an offer from NC State, Mabry is in the process of expanding his game to the wing as he's played much of his prep career as a post.
Highly athletic and bouncy around the rim, he's had some huge outings for Rocky Mount this season.
Guard Bishop Daniels (2011): Raleigh Word of God
Claiming an early offer from NC State, Daniels is one of the state's most athletic players. He didn't get to show all of his game this year for Word of God, but with John Wall moving on he'll get his chance next fall.
Expected to suit up for D-One Sports this spring and summer, Daniels has a chance to enhance his reputation this weekend.
Center Detrique Baker (2010): Jacksonville High
An unknown at this point on the recruiting level, Baker is a transfer from Texas who is a late addition to the Carolina Challenge, replacing Luke Cothron. Averaged a double-double in his first season at Jacksonville.
He'll be playing with the CP3 All-Stars this year, a team that will be absolutely loaded. From what we hear, he has good size and is athletic. NC State is already expressing interest.
Wing Jay Canty (2010): Jamestown Ragsdale
Canty's flown a bit under the radar despite turning heads at last year's Carolina Challenge.
He's had some big-time efforts for Ragsdale, and with his body and athleticism, Canty is expected to be a high-major recruit. He made an early commitment to High Point, but is no longer committed.
Guard Deuce Bello (2011): High Point Westchester Academy
Bello burst on the scene at last year's Challenge and he'll bring his high-flying exploits to this year's event.
He played last year on the AAU circuit alongside John Wall on D-One Sports, but this year he could be the man.
Forward/Center Chris Coleman (2011): Durham Mt. Zion
At 6-foot-9 and 260-pounds, Coleman has a college-ready body and is developing the game to go with it.
A bruiser in the paint, he's looking to finish everything around the basket with a dunk. NC State is heavily involved early.
Forward Anthony Williams (2011): Whiteville Waccamaw Academy
Hopefully Williams can match up with Coleman because both are similar players. Last year's rebounding-leader at the Challenge, Williams gobbles up boards and is a presence at 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds.
Those are just a few of the top players who have committed to playing in this year's challenge. The Carolina Challenge has rapidly become the signature event in the state for the top players.
80 of the best freshmen, sophomore and juniors have been handpicked for this invitation only, one-day academy that not only showcases the talent in the state but emphasizes what it means and takes to become a college basketball player.
Admission is free and Cary Academy is located right off I-40. Head over tomorrow and catch the action!
Pack Pride will have extensive coverage of the event, including interviews, scouting reports, video, photos, and much more so stay tuned!