Dave Telep, who has put together the Carolina Basktball Challenge coming this Saturday to the Cary Academy, talked to the web doctors at accsports.com about his event and what it means to Telep and to the state of North Carolina.
Dave Telep well-known basketball guru:
Itâ€™s not my event, this one belongs to the good folks of the state of North Carolina.
Over the course of the year, the goal is to identify the 80 best underclassmen who are good players and help them gain perspective to make them recruitable. We do it under the guise of three games played by the best talent in the state. So you can either drive to each high school gym of the best players in the state individually during the year OR you can attend the Carolina Challenge. The average fan who wants to remain married would pick the latter. Games tip at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Cary Academy.
Telep on some of the alums from this event?
Ty Walker was the star of the inaugural Carolina Challenge. Heâ€™s joined in the ACC by Miles Plumlee, Victor Davila, J.T. Thompson, Justin Watts and Reggie Johnson. Next year, alums C.J. Harris, Ryan Kelly, Garrius Adams and Mason Plumlee join them. John Wall, who is serving as a mentor this year, is a guy three ACC fan bases would love to add to the list. BTW, the current 2010 class that will be on display will have multiple future ACC players, led by UNC commit Reggie Bullock.
Telep explains/describes the event:
Is this like an AAU event or a showcase? Or is there more to it?
Itâ€™s a camp actually. The participants play in three games, listen to a speaker or two and go through skill development sessions. If you come, you might recognize the big fella helping out with skill work this year. Heâ€™s former N.C. State star Kenny Inge, who coaches at Cary Academy. The parents and guardians of the players are encouraged to attend an academic and recruiting seminar conducted midday.
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2009 Carolina Challenge Invitees (Greensboro Area)
Deuce Bello 6-3 170 SG High Point So. Westchester Academy
Jay Canty 6-5 185 SG Ragsdale Jr. Ragsdale
Manny Dias 6-5 190 PF Greensboro Jr. Veritas Sports Academy
Reggie Dillard 6-3 18 SG Greensboro Fr. Dudley
Jonathan Frye 6-4 180 SG Greensboro Jr. Northern Guilford
P.J. Hairston 6-5 205 SF Greensboro So. Dudley
Jacob Lawson 6-6 210 PF Greensboro So. Northern Guilford
Leek Leek 6-6 195 SF Greensboro Jr. Veritas Sports Academy
Deng Leek 6-11 210 C Greensboro So. Veritas Sports Academy
Michael Neal 6-1 160 PG Greensboro So. Northern Guilford
Reggie Perkins 6-1 155 PG/SG Greensboro So. Western Guilford
Jordan Robertson 6-7 200 C/PF Greensboro So. Greensboro Day
Brennan Wyatt 5-10 165 PG Greensboro Jr. Dudley