TOC: Wolfpack Targets Invade The Triangle

The annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions begins tonight and several potential NC State prospects will be in attendance.

Pack Pride will have extensive coverage of the tournament with analysts at each venue, so stay tuned for game coverage, player updates, video, scouting reports, and much more!

Next week we will publish interviews from the Wolfpack prospects in attendance to find out about future 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 2008 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Games listed are from pool play; playoffs begin Saturday night and potential pool matchups are listed in the FRIDAY and SATURDAY schedules. After pool play and Saturday's playoff games are completed, we'll have a listing of Sunday's matchups posted.

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Class of 2008 Wolfpack Signees



(Pool C) CP3 All Stars: G C.J. Williams

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #1 -- Friday 8:00 P.M.
Chris Paul CP3 All-Stars vs. East Coast Fusion

NCSU Dail Center -- Saturday 12:15 P.M.
Spiece Rising Stars vs. Chris Paul CP3 All-Stars

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 5:15 P.M.
Chris Paul CP3 All-Stars vs. Team Melo

Pack Pride Extra: Just weeks from enrolling at NC State, Williams will be suiting up for the last time this weekend with the CP3 All-Stars. With Reggie Bullock sidelined to an injury, Williams will be counted on for offensive production.

Best Pool Matchup: Team Melo - With Josh Selby at guard, Team Melo should be able to put up a lot of points. Big man Andrew Fitzgerald will present a formidable challenge as well.


Class of 2009 Wolfpack Targets



(Pool K) World Wide Renegades Black: G Lorenzo Brown

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #2 -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Renegades-Black vs. Illinois Wolves

Cary Academy Ct. #1 -- Saturday 11:00 A.M.
North Carolina Fire vs. Renegades-Black

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 4:00 P.M.
Playaz Basketball Club vs. Renegades-Black

Pack Pride Extra: A lot of Wolfpack fans will be watching Brown this weekend. Rated a five-star prospect and the No. 14 player overall in the country, he's a dynamic guard capable of impacting a game in a variety of ways. Remember, this will be his first tournament playing with the World Wide Renegades Black so it might take a game or two for him to find his flow.

Best Pool Matchup: Playaz Basketball Club - One of the nation's top AAU programs, Playaz Basketball Club is loaded. Leading the way is Dominic Cheek, an elite talent on the perimeter and a player who will likely be guarded by Brown.


(Pool I) D-One Sports: PG John Wall

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Friday 8:00 P.M.
D-One Sports vs. Delaware Sharpshooters

Duke Cameron -- 12:15 P.M
Arkansas Hawks vs. D-One Sports

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #1 -- Saturday 6:30 P.M.
D-One Sports vs. Carolina Celtics

Pack Pride Extra: The nation's fastest prospect, Wall is now rated the No. 1 point guard in the country and a host of college programs are in heavy pursuit. With the Gibbons Tournament being played in Wall's hometown, look for him to try and put on a show.

Best Pool Matchup: Carolina Celtics - Devin Booker, the brother of Clemson's Trevor Booker, is an explosive athlete in the paint. Celtics point guard Kenny Manigault is underated and will be looking to impress against Wall.


(Pool D) Atlanta Celtics: F Derrick Favors

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Atlanta Celtics vs. Beach Ball Select

Duke Cameron -- Saturday 1:30 P.M.
North Carolina Gaters vs. Atlanta Celtics

NCSU Dail Center -- Saturday 6:30 P.M.
Atlanta Celtics vs. Dallas Mustangs

Pack Pride Extra: Favors is the nation's top rising senior, and NC State has been recruiting him extremely hard over the past year. You won't get much out of him on his recruitment, but on the court you will see why he can pick his future college. With him anchoring the middle, you can count on the Celtics to be a tough matchup for everybody.

Best Pool Matchup: Dallas Mustangs - Five-star shooting guard Nolan Dennis is capable of lighting up the scoreboard, and he headlines a roster filled with quality guards. The question is, who will check Favors?


(Pool I) D-One Sports: F Ryan Kelly

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Friday 8:00 P.M.
D-One Sports vs. Delaware Sharpshooters

Duke Cameron -- 12:15 P.M
Arkansas Hawks vs. D-One Sports

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #1 -- Saturday 6:30 P.M.
D-One Sports vs. Carolina Celtics

Pack Pride Extra: A teammate of Wall's, Kelly has quickly moved up the rankings, as he is now rated a top-30 prospect and the nation's No. 9 power forward. With a smooth, inside-outside game, he is highly-coveted and the local product is drawing heavy attention from NC State.

Best Pool Matchup: Carolina Celtics - Devin Booker, the brother of Clemson's Trevor Booker, is an explosive athlete in the paint. Celtics point guard Kenny Manigault is underated and will be looking to impress against Wall.



(Pool E) Worldwide Renegades Orange: F Richard Howell

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #1 -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Renegades-Orange vs. Cuttino Mobley Philly Pride

Duke Wilson Ct. #2 -- Saturday 1:00 P.M.
Nashville Celtics vs.Renegades-Orange

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #3 -- Saturday 6:45 P.M.
Renegades-Orange vs. Triple Threat

Pack Pride Extra: Howell remains a coveted prospect and although he doesn't have a Wolfpack offer, NC State is tracking him closely. He had a knee injury earlier in his career and it may limit some of his explosiveness, but he is a smart, physical post presence.

Best Pool Matchup: Nashville Celtics - Four-star small forward Jon Hood receives the ink, but 2010 standouts DeAndre Daniel and Casey Prather are viable options as well for a team strong up front.


(Pool E) Worldwide Renegades Orange: F Ari Stewart

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #1 -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Renegades-Orange vs. Cuttino Mobley Philly Pride

Duke Wilson Ct. #2 -- Saturday 1:00 P.M.
Nashville Celtics vs.Renegades-Orange

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #3 -- Saturday 6:45 P.M.
Renegades-Orange vs. Triple Threat

Pack Pride Extra: Teaming up with Howell in the frontcourt, Stewart is a little more explosive and versatile. Rated the nation's No. 6 small forward, he has good size for the position and an above-average stroke. With nearly a dozen offers, Stewart remains wide open.

Best Pool Matchup: Nashville Celtics - Four-star small forward Jon Hood receives the ink, but 2010 standouts DeAndre Daniel and Casey Prather are viable options as well for a team strong up front.


(Pool M) Carolina Raptors: F Cody Shuffler

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #3 -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Carolina Raptors vs. Net Gain Sports

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #10 -- Saturday 11:00 A.M.
Team Philly vs. Carolina Raptors

Chapel Hill High School -- Saturday 3:30 P.M.
Carolina Raptors, NC vs. Birmingham Ice

Pack Pride Extra: Shuffler is receiving early interest from NC State, but he appears to be a backup target at this point. At 6-foot-7, he's a combo forward capable of stepping out behind the 3-point line.

Best Pool Matchup: Team Philly - Teams from Philly are always tough, and this one is no different. Villanova point guard verbal Maalik Wayns brings it everytime he steps on the floor.


(Pool O) W.P.C. Elite: Isaiah Armwood

DUKE Card Gym -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Juice All-Stars vs. W.P.C. Elite

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #2 -- Saturday 11:00 A.M.
W.P.C. Elite vs. Southeast Elite

Chapel Hill HS Ct. #2 -- Saturday 6:00 P.M.
W.P.C. Elite vs. North Carolina Force

Pack Pride Extra: Armwood is a consensus top-25 prospect in the 2009 class and regarded as the top player at Montrose Christian (high school teammate Terrell Vinson will be playing with him this weekend as well). He's been injured and is working his way back into shape, and NC State is in pursuit.

Best Pool Matchup: Juice All-Stars - NYC guard Lance Stephenson could be the nation's top talent. He'll be the big gun for Juice All-Stars, another team that plays with a lot of toughness.


Class of 2010 Commits



(Pool K) World Wide Renegades Black: F C.J. Leslie

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #2 -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Renegades-Black vs. Illinois Wolves

Cary Academy Ct. #1 -- Saturday 11:00 A.M.
North Carolina Fire vs. Renegades-Black

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 4:00 P.M.
Playaz Basketball Club vs. Renegades-Black

Pack Pride Extra: Leslie has been committed to the Wolfpack for nearly a year now, but he still has two more years of high school ball before heading to NC State. This weekend, expect him to be in teammate Lorenzo Brown's ear.

Best Pool Matchup: Playaz Basketball Club - One of the nation's top AAU programs, Playaz Basketball Club is loaded. Leading the way is Dominic Cheek, an elite talent on the perimeter and a player who will likely be guarded by Brown.



Class of 2010 Wolfpack Targets



(Pool K) World Wide Renegades Black: PG Phil Taylor

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #2 -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Renegades-Black vs. Illinois Wolves

Cary Academy Ct. #1 -- Saturday 11:00 A.M.
North Carolina Fire vs. Renegades-Black

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 4:00 P.M.
Playaz Basketball Club vs. Renegades-Black

Pack Pride Extra: Taylor attends the same high school as Wolfpack big man J.J. Hickson, and he visited NC State for this year's home game against Duke. A heady point guard capable of making big shots, he's one of the very talented players at that position in the 2010 class.

Best Pool Matchup: Playaz Basketball Club - One of the nation's top AAU programs, Playaz Basketball Club is loaded. Leading the way is Dominic Cheek, an elite talent on the perimeter and a player who will likely be guarded by Brown.



(Pool C) CP3 All Stars: F Tashawn Mabry

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #1 -- Friday 8:00 P.M.
Chris Paul CP3 All-Stars vs. East Coast Fusion

NCSU Dail Center -- Saturday 12:15 P.M.
Spiece Rising Stars vs. Chris Paul CP3 All-Stars

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 5:15 P.M.
Chris Paul CP3 All-Stars vs. Team Melo

Pack Pride Extra: The in-state talent holds an offer from NC State. A combo forward, Mabry is a high-energy player capable of hitting shots from the perimeter or scoring around the basket.

Best Pool Matchup: Team Melo - With Josh Selby at guard, Team Melo should be able to put up a lot of points. Big man Andrew Fitzgerald will present a formidable challenge as well.


16-UNDER (Pool C) DC Assault: PG Tyler Thornton

Duke Wilson Ct. #2 -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
DC Assault vs. Garner Road Elite

East Chapel Hill -- Saturday 9:45 A.M.
Ohio Basketball Club vs. DC Assault

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Saturday 2:15 P.M.
DC Assault vs. Carolina Raptors Select

Pack Pride Extra: Thornton has had a huge spring and continues to emerge as an elite prospect. Blessed with great size for the point guard position, Thornton is regarded as a stellar defender and a heady floor general. He's already visited NC State unofficially, and the Wolfpack are currently under consideration.

Best Pool Matchup: Carolina Raptors Select - This team has been one of the best on the 16-under circuit all spring. With Melvin Tabb and Bishop Daniels leading the way, they are one of the favorites to take home the title.


(Pool F) DC Assault: PG Daryl Traynham

NCSU Dail Center -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
DC Assault vs. Jackson Panthers

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #3 -- Saturday 1:00 P.M.
Jacksonville Lee Bulldogsvs. DC Assault

Duke Wilson Ct. #1 -- Saturday 6:00 P.M.
DC Assault vs. Richmond Squires

Pack Pride Extra: An in-state player from Charlotte (NC) Vance High, Traynham is a true floor general. He lacks ideal size, but he's tough as nails and is a winner. NC State is expressing early interest in the 2010 standout.

Best Pool Matchup: Richmond Squires - The Squires are always loaded and this year is no different as they feature Karron Johnson, Mychal Parker, and Akeem Richmond. Johnson is a stud, and Parker will be one of the top players in the 2010 in-state class.


16-UNDER (Pool C) Carolina Raptors Select: F Melvin Tabb

Carrboro High -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Carolina Raptors Select vs. Ohio Basketball Club

Duke Wilson Ct. #1 -- Saturday 9:45 A.M.
Garner Road Elite vs. Carolina Raptors Select

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Saturday 2:15 P.M.
DC Assault vs. Carolina Raptors Select

Pack Pride Extra: Tabb plays at Enloe High School and has attended several NC State games. As of now, he doesn't appear to be a major target for the Wolfpack, but they are expressing interest.

Best Pool Matchup: D.C. Assault - Point guard Tyler Thornton is the motor for a tough Assault team. They will present a stiff challenge for the Raptors Select squad.


(Pool C) Team Melo: PG Josh Selby

Duke Wilson Ct. #2 -- Friday 9:30 P.M.
Team Melo vs. Spiece Rising Stars

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #2 -- Saturday 12:15 P.M.
East Coast Fusion-Lemcke vs. Team Melo

DUKE Cameron -- Saturday 5:15 P.M.
Chris Paul CP3 All-Stars vs. Team Melo

Pack Pride Extra: He will be one of the top guards in the 2010 class. Selby was extremely impressive in the 2007 Glaxo Invitational, battling John Wall in the championship game. He's a scoring combo guard who is extremely tough and athletic. NC State head coach Sidney Lowe was able to watch him in action at the Glaxo.

Best Pool Matchup: CP3 All-Stars - Reggie Bullock won't be playing, but the CP3 All-Stars will be led by C.J. Williams and Tashawn Mabry. Keep an eye out for Brian Richardson and Reco McCarter, two underated 2010 prospects from North Carolina.



(Pool B) Texas Select: F Julian Washburn

UNC Dean Dome Ct. #2 -- Friday 6:30 P.M.
Texas Select vs. Connecticut Basketball

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #1 -- Saturday 12:15 P.M.
Baltimore Cecil Kirk vs. Texas Select

NCSU Reynolds Ct. #2 -- Saturday 6:30 P.M.
Team Breakdown vs. Texas Select

Pack Pride Extra: It's unknown how interested NC State is in Washburn, but he's one of the elite talents in his class and is the son of former Wolfpack star Chris Washburn.

Best Pool Matchup: Team Breakdown - Team Breakdown is always worth the price of admission. When your backcourt features five-star prospects Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight, you'll definitely be fun to watch. This team is going to be tough to beat.



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