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 27
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) Curry vs. Randolph
11:45: Recruiting/Academic Seminar (friends & family); Lunch (Stackhouse, Jamison, Curry, Randolph); Skill Work (Paul, Haywood, Howard, West)
12:30 pm: Lunch (Paul, Haywood, Howard, West); Skill (Stackhouse, Jamison, Curry, 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. Curry
Court 2 (SEA GYM) West vs. Randolph
3:35 pm – 4:05: SPEAKER: Norm Roberts
4:10 pm: Court 1 (MAIN) Jamison vs. Randolph
Court 2 (SEA GYM) Haywood vs. Stackhouse
5:20 pm: Court 1 (MAIN) West vs. Curry
Court 2 (SEA GYM) Paul vs Howard
The best underclassmen in North Carolina are getting together again.
For the fourth-straight year Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge will bring the state's top underclassmen together for an all-day showcase on March 27th at Cary Academy in Cary (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.
Center Joseph Uchebo: Oak Ridge Academy (2012):
An early commitment to NC State, Uchebo had a solid sophomore season for Oak Ridge. The 6-foot-11 center will be looking to solidify his place among the top players in the state.
Forward Jacob Lawson (2011): Oak Ridge Academy
A teammate of Uchebo's at Oak Ridge, Lawson is one of the finest athletes in North Carolina. A terrific run-jump athlete capable of blocking shots in the paint and attacking the rim, Lawson has NC State on his list.
Point Guard Jerome Seagears (2011): Flora MacDonald Academy
Had a strong junior season for Flora Mac and proved he can score it while getting in the lane to make plays.
Point Guard Chris Wilson (2011): Terry Sanford
Wilson already holds a bunch of offers and NC State assistant Monte Towe has started to evaluate him for the Wolfpack. A true winner, he's a fierce competitor and could emerge at this event.
Forward Quincy Miller (2011): Quality Education Academy
The state's top rising senior prospect, Miller holds offers from some of the nation's elite programs.
Point Guard Tyler Lewis (2012): Forsyth Country Day
Lewis is tracking as a high-major prospect, and what sets him a part is his stellar passing ability and natural feel for the game. He's fun to watch!
Point guard Josh Newkirk (2012): Southeast Raleigh
A local product, Newkirk is already hearing from NC State, ECU, and Indiana among others. Word is NC State is in outstanding shape with Newkirk.
T.J. Warren (2012): Riverside
Warren's father, Tony, played basketball at NC State and the younger Warren is considered one of the top 2012 prospects in the state. He's already claiming an offer from the Wolfpack.
Forward Tyrek Coger (2013): Upper Room Christian
Already a presence in the paint, Coger has started to establish a reputation and he's only a rising sophomore. Coger reportedly grew up a fan of NC State.
Guard Rodney Purvis (2013): Upper Room Christian
Purvis is already being tabbed maybe the next great player from the state of North Carolina. He's shown the ability to take over games and produces at a high level. He'll be one to watch tomorrow!
OTHER NOTABLE PARTICIPANTS: P.J. Hairston (2011 - UNC commit), John Cannon (2011), Aaron Roundtree (2011), Anton Gill (2013), Marcus Bryan (2013), Madison James (2012), Bernard Sullivan (2011), Deuce Bello (2011), Jackson Simmons (2011), Marquis Rankin (2011), Anthony Gill (2011), and Dezmine Wells (2011 - Xavier commit).
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!