Sunday, March 29, 2009

2009 Carolina Challenge Video: The Wolfpack Recruits

This Saturday we were at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge at Cary Academy filming and interviewing the Wolfpack recruits that were participating. Overall the event was well run and had the best talent North Carolina had to offer. We took video of CJ Leslie, Bishop Daniels, Deuce Bello, and Reco McCarter. Here is the highlight video we put together from the Challenge:

CJ Leslie 2010 Former NC State commit, CJ Leslie was up to his old tricks this Saturday, wowing the crowd with his athleticism, swagger, and versatility. Leslie was at times extremely active and aggressive, with drives to the hoop and thunderous finishes, and it was obvious that CJ was the most talented player at this event. At 6'9 and possessing the ability to dribble, shoot, or play (way) above the rim, Leslie at points seemed disinterested or annoyed at the fact that either he wasn't being challenged, or that his surrounding team members weren't playing up to par. His ability and ceiling is undeniable and he will make a big, big impact wherever he lands. CJ told us that he is wide open and lots of schools have been inquiring. He also told us that he recently visited with Coach Lowe and talked about his situation. Leslie said he felt it went good and that the Wolfpack are still a big player in his recruitment.

Bishop Daniels 2011 This is first time we had the opportunity to see Bishop play live and wow was he impressive. The kid is only a sophomore, yet watch him and you'll swear he's more experienced than that. Daniels gets to the rim with ease and has some ridiculous bounce. If he gets close to the hoop and you're anywhere near him, look out below, cause Bishop is about to give you a face lift. He is strong, smart, has a good handle, and his shot is progressing. This is an elite talent that will be blowing up in the near future. Daniels holds an offer from State and told us that NC State and Wake were coming at him the hardest. He also mentioned that he was a huge ACC fan and staying close to home is very important to him. He seemed very favorable to State in our time talking. Bishop was certainly one of the top 3 players we saw at the challenge and we're excited to see how high this kid's ceiling really is.

Reco McCarter 2010 We've seen Reco play before and Saturday was more of the same. He is long, he is quick, and he is aggressive. Reco projects as a wing in college and will need to hone his jumpshot before he becomes a lethal scorer, but McCarter slithers his way to the hoop and is very long and athletic, thus making him a very tough matchup.

Deuce Bello 2011 You wouldn't guess that Deuce is a sophomore by looking at him, and you certainly wouldn't have a clue he's a sophomore by watching him play. Bello is an absolutely athletic monster. His game is a little raw, but who's isn't at 16 years old. Bello gets to the rim, and when he does watch out, because he has some serious hops and likes to finish with authority. Bello will need to harness his jumper, but that will come in time. Deuce told us he was wide open in his recruitment and that he would be interested if NC State decided to offer. He will be playing this summer for D-1 sports.

There were a few other Wolfpack targets in the building but these were the 4 that we felt should be on everyone's radar. Chris Coleman and Luke Cothron did not attend the event, although they were scheduled to be there.


9 Responses to "2009 Carolina Challenge Video: The Wolfpack Recruits"
  1. Anonymous said...
    March 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Deuce Bello looks like an absolute monster for his age, Sid needs to get on that early. Great Vid and article by the way

  2. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    March 30, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    thanks! Yeah Bello is a beast. He's not afraid to rise and flush on anyone.

  3. ppack3 said...
    March 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    WPH, Thanks for all of the insight over the past several days (as always). I am planning on making a donation when our monetary flow stabilizes. As well, I have been trying to get the word out about the site. I appreciate the updates, videos and interviews. I would attend some of these events that you have been covering if I didn't have a two year old little girl with work-a-holic parents.
    Anyway, I was hoping to get some insight about the Calipari situation in regards to how his decision (if he takes the Kentucky job) may impact our recruiting in the short term. In other words, what players would remain at Kentucky, and how would JC's incoming recruits fit into that scenario? Would some, or most, of the incoming Freshman follow JC, or would they open up their recruitment to allow NCSU and Lowe another shot at getting them to Raleigh?
    Most don't want to touch the topic just yet because it covers a fair amount of speculation. It is understandable considering the write-ups about Seth Curry, now knowing the end result. But now, there is more hard information that confirms Kentucky's interest in Calipari as a leading candidate. This is an exciting topic for me, as an avid NCSU hoops fan, and as a fan of Coach Lowe. I know this is "off topic" but I didn't see any other place to suggest topics for discussion. Thanks again.

  4. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    March 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    thanks so much for the kind words, and stay tuned, we'll have a piece about this very topic if and when the Cal to Kentucky situation becomes more clear. Thanks again!

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    March 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    ok....we're now hearing that Cal is gone barring any breakdown in negotiation.

    Also hearing 2 from this years team will transfer with him.

  6. ppack3 said...
    March 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    The dynamics of this thing could shake up A LOT of schools around the southeast. I have also read that Kentucky has insured several recruits' commitments, no matter what happens. If they hold true to their statements to incoming kids that were recruited by Gillespe, that could have a strong impact on Memphis recruits trying to find a place to fit in at Kentucky. If UK goes back on their word, that is a very negative PR move that could scare away some of the kids that are thinking of following JC. Very interesting stuff. I really hope that Memphis' loss is NCSU's gain, in some form or fashion.

  7. jose said...
    March 30, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Back to the challenge- Duece stole the show plain and simple. If he can continue growing into a pure SG that it's entirely possible that he and Daniels will be two of the best G's in the nation by their Sr year.

    Looking forward to see who ends up with NC Gators/D-One or otherwise. There is a stockpile of young talent and its not like there are a ton of elite AAU programs locally.

    I know Coach Strickland was suppossed to attend because he was slated to speak to the campers between sessions (I'm a 110% Pete guy and hope he is here to stay), but I didn't see but one other guy who may have been with NC State BBall.

  8. Anonymous said...
    March 30, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Any truth to the rumor we may still be in the hunt for Cousins? I really enjoy your site and want to encourage everyone who has been going to any other sites (esp. HATEFANSNATION) to drop it completely and start coming here to get the real scoop without all the negativity. I'll be opening up my ID soon. Keep up the great work!

  9. sf59 said...
    March 31, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    -how many of these recruits will suit up for "Cobra Cai"....errr i mean D-One AAU? Thats a problem IMO

    -any news you guys have on how Cal's move may effect DC would be great!!! Surely UK will be tight on ships and KU is loaded at the 4-5... maybe the door is cracked open


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