'North Carolina and Kentucky are very interested'

LEWES, Del. -- Cassan Breeden is one of those types of kids who's almost always upbeat and talkative, but that wasn't the case after a tough loss on Sunday at the Slam Dunk to the Beach in which to say he didn't play particularly well was a vast understatement.

Breeden knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:03 left in the game against St. Augustine (N.J.) to cut the lead to 45-41, but there weren't many other highlights from the junior's performance.

He scored eight points on 2-of-11 shooting, fouled out and his team lost, 57-51. However, this wasn't a performance indicative of Breeden's true abilities.

"Without a doubt this wasn't the real Cassan Breeden," Marlboro County coach Kevin Spencer said after the game. "It wasn't even close to what he can do. He got timid when he got into foul trouble."

"I wanted to come out strong and show people what I can do, but it didn't happen," Breeden added.

Breeden, who stands 6-8 and 190 pounds, played much better in his final two games in Delaware, displaying some of the athleticism that has got plenty of high-major schools keeping tabs on his progress.

North Carolina and Kentucky both continue to show interest. In fact, Tar Heels assistant Steve Robinson was front-and-center for Breeden's game on Monday afternoon in which he had 16 points and five assists and was far more active on both ends of the court.

"North Carolina and Kentucky are very interested," Spencer said. "Steve Robinson saw him play twice since last week."

"I like North Carolina a lot," Breeden said. "I really like the way Jawad Williams plays. He plays so hard and I think I play a lot like him."

Breeden will still need to improve his ballhandling skills and his jumpshot – not to mention adding a considerable amount of weight – in order to get a scholarship offer from Roy Williams and/or Tubby Smith. He'll also have to stop deferring to his older teammate, Ra'Sean Dickey.

"When he knows he's the man and doesn't take a back seat to Ra'Sean, he's much better," Spencer added. "I think he's a Top 25 kid in his class, but he's just got to go out with the attitude that he's going to dominate."

Breeden said that he also likes N.C. State, Florida, Memphis and Georgia Tech – all of which have offered a scholarship.

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