Rankin One of 2011's Best

Rising junior point guard Marquis Rankin from Charlotte, N.C. made a statement at the Carolina Challenge. The ultra talented point guard was arguably the best player in attendance. DeaconSports caught up with Rankin to get his thoughts on his play at the Carolina Challenge as well as where he stands with the recruiting process.

If Marquis Rankin was out to prove he was the best player in the state of North Carolina, he did it. A few weeks ago at the Carolina Challenge, Rankin had his full arsenal on display. He dazzled onlookers with his speed, quickness, passing ability, and of course his scoring prowess. Rankin was hitting from all over the court and had numerous dynamic finishes above the rim.

To go along with his offensive game, Rankin displayed a willingness to dig in defensively and cause his opposition a lot of headaches. He played hard on every possession and outworked and outplayed whoever he was going up against.

"That is just how I play all the time," stated Rankin in reference to his effort at the Carolina Challenge. "I don't take plays off. I play hard every time I hit the court. I practiced hard to get ready for the Carolina Challenge. I wanted to go in and prove what I could do individually as well as show I am a team player."

When asked to describe his game, Rankin responded, "I am a point guard that likes to get up and down the court and distribute the ball. Of course I like to score it as well."

While Rankin may have had a breakout performance in the Carolina Challenge, he is no stranger to getting plenty of attention from college coaches. "I hear a lot from Wake, Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Charlotte. I have been hearing from colleges since my freshman year in high school. To be honest, it is a bit overwhelming to be so young and getting so much attention. My dad and I talk about recruiting a lot and I am kind of looking forward to getting the process over with. I want to decide on a college by the end of my junior year at the latest."

So what does Rankin think of the Demon Deacons? "I have a lot of schools interested in me, but Wake stands out to me more because of the offer. I like their program and the coaching staff but there's more to come being that I'm young and the recruiting process will continue."

When watching him in person, you cannot help but see many similarities between Rankin and former Demon Deacon Chris Paul. They both play the game as hard as possible, show great leadership skills, and make their teammates better. "I really like Chris Paul's game. I think I play a lot like him. Also, I went to his backcourt camp last summer and learned a lot there."

With his tremendous skill level, drive and determination, and willingness to play hard all the time, there is no wonder the Wake Forest staff has made Marquis Rankin one of their priorities in the 2011 class. He would be a dynamic addition to a good young backcourt that will include C.J. Harris, J.T. Terrell, and Tony Chennault.

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