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Carolina Challenge Recap

Saturday afternoon marked the seventh annual Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge. Some of the top prospects from the state of North Carolina participated in the event at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C.

Theo Pinson is getting closer to narrowing things down.

Recruiting Notes

Theo Pinson has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail for the past few years and is slowly starting to narrow his focus. This 6-foot-5 wing visited Indiana this season and enjoyed how they are making him a priority. The 2014 wing named the Hoosiers, along with Louisville, Georgetown, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke as the main schools that he is focused on heading into AAU season but was not sure of what visits he may take.

James Demery currently holds offers from Charlotte, Virginia Tech and recently Tennessee jumped in the mix with an offer. Along with those three schools, the 2014 wing has started receiving new interest from Arkansas and Georgia Tech to go along with North Carolina State who he believes maybe close to offering.

Gary Clark is still trying to recover from a ligament injury but is up to ten offers now with the main interest coming from Clemson. The Tigers were the first ACC school to offer to 2014 prospect and he has already attended an elite camp at their campus. Two weeks ago, the 6-foot-7 power forward picked up an offer from Wake Forest to go along with the Tigers as his current ACC tenders.

Brandon Ingram will likely be one of the most sought after prospects in the 2015 class and should see several offers start to roll in this coming AAU season. Heading into the spring, the 6-foot-7 wing player is receiving heavy interest from Wake Forest, Georgetown, North Carolina State and North Carolina. This past season he took visits to the Demon Deacons, Wolfpack and Tar Heels.

Harry Giles will be in contention for the top spot in the 2016 rankings and already has a strong list of suitors in pursuit. The 6-foot-8 power forward rattled off interest from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, North Carolina State and Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon. This past season, Giles made visits to the Blue Devils, Tar Heels, Wolfpack and Demon Deacons. Over the next few months, Giles would like to visit Ohio State and Kentucky.

Saturday Standouts

Wake Forest 2014 point guard commitment Shelton Mitchell showed off a toned up body that made him quicker on the perimeter. Mitchell displayed his high basketball I.Q. by making several big time passes on pick and roll plays with 2014 forward Thaxter Spruill.

Caleb Martin showed off the solid the high level I.Q and quality game that has made him a prized 2014 recruit for Mark Gottfried and North Carolina State. The 6-foot-6 wing plays the game without chest bumping or trash talking but extremely effective in all area's of the game. Combined with twin brother Cody, the Martin brothers should continue to make the Wolfpack a force in the ACC.

Markell Lodge might be slightly undersized as 6-foot-6 power forward but there are few players that are as active. On Saturday, the 2014 prospect was once again all over the floor grabbing rebounds and finishing with power inside while going against bigger forwards but holding his own.

Luke Maye showcased his versatility on Saturday afternoon handling the ball, making passes and finishing underneath the basket. The 2015 power forward held his own against 2016 prospect Harry Giles and should be primed for a breakout season on the AAU circuit.

Ricky Council was one of the more underrated prospects at the Carolina Challenge on Saturday. Following a solid junior season, Council showcased his ability to attack the rim and finish with contact. One of the more underrated aspects of Council's game is on the defensive end of the floor as he can lock the opposition's top player down with his length and quickness.

News and Notes

Former South Carolina coach Darrin Horn was the guest speaker on the afternoon. Horn offered insight into the what coaches look for when scouting players as well as the importance of academics.

Also in attendance was former Georgia coach Dennis Felton. Currently, Felton is being mentioned as a candidate for the vacant position at Old Dominion.

Along with former coaches, 2013 Louisville signee Anton Gill and 2013 North Carolina signee Kennedy Meeks were in taking in the action. One day after suffering an opening round loss to Temple, North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren also stopped by.

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