Many of the top players in North Carolina were on hand to compete in the event that was sponsored by SLAM Magazine and HoopMixTape. Reggie Bullock, PJ Hairston, CJ Leslie, Dezmie Wells were all on hand along with Ryan Harrow who made the trip from Georgia to compete. The event was filled with media from all over the nation, as well as a few college coaches.
The first match-up got the showcase started off with a bang. Harrow and Leslie teamed up against two UNC commits in Reggie Bullock and PJ Hairston in what turned out to be a complete blowout. Harrow carved up whatever the defense threw at him, with an array of ankle buckling crossovers, acrobatic finishes and mind blowing passes, most of which ended up in CJ Leslie throwing down with authority. When the smoke cleared Harrow and Leslie had put a 30 point beat down on the opponents. The chemistry between Harrow and Leslie seemed to be clicking on all cylinders as pick and rolls and no look ally-oops were taking place at an alarming rate.
"We feed of each other real well. We both like playing with each other and we get along real good. We talk to each other a lot outside of basketball so I think it just carries over to the floor. I think it would be fun to play together in college." said Harrow when asked how he like playing with an elite player such as Leslie.
The 6'0 point guard has been working on getting top recruits to follow him to NC State since the day he committed, and isn't stopping until the 2010 class is full. The Wolfpack recently picked up a gigantic commitment when 2010 highly touted PF, Luke Cothron, verballed to Coach Sidney Lowe earlier in the week. Now, the staff's focus turns to Leslie, who at one time had committed to NC State only to pull his commitment last season. The question for Pack fans has become, 'where would CJ slot in with the addition of Cothron at PF?' That question seemed to be answered on Saturday morning when Leslie was matched up against UNC commit and #2 SG in the land, Reggie Bullock. Leslie was magnificent on defense, locking down Bullock and rarely allowing him to get to the lane. When he did get by CJ, the athletic Leslie was able to recover and either block or alter his shot. Bullock was held to under 10 points, with most of his offense coming off jump shots. This should open a lot of eyes for those who questioned Leslie's versatility. We also have seen CJ shut down LaQuinton Ross, a top SG in the class of 2011 at the Bob Gibbons earlier in the summer.
In the second game, Bishop Daniels (Word of God) joined CJ and Ryan for what was a dunk-fest from the opening minute to the final buzzer. Harrow caught an oop from Leslie and then returned the favor with an off the glass pass that CJ hammered down with authority. Numerous scouts on hand were buzzing about Harrow who seemed a bit taller and as athletic as ever. One scout told us, "He might be the best all-around guard in 2010. Seriously, he's that good." SLAM Magazine was on hand and working on a Harrow feature of their own. Even the guys from HoopMixTape were in awe of some of the moves Harrow was pulling off. "He definitely should be top 10. No doubt about it." Said Nils, the owner of HoopMixTape, who travels the nation covering the top prep players in the nation to get highlight footage.
Also on hand was Dezmine Wells (2011 NC State recruit), a big time combo guard who is starting to get the nations attention. Wells is big, strong, and possesses extreme athleticism that has college coaches beginning to line-up at his door. Wells was very impressive in the only game we got to see him play yesterday. We've seen Wells before and are very high on his potential, but on Saturday he showed a new wrinkle to his game. An accurate jumper that was keeping the defense honest. If Wells can keep improving his stroke, he will quickly move up the ranks. He finishes with crushing dunks and rebounds very good for a guy his size. We got to catch up with Dezmine after the showcase and will have the interview up later in the week.
We will have video up later tonight (or early tomorrow). We'll also be getting you interviews with Dezmine Wells and Ryan Harrow talking more about the Luke Cothron signing and playing alongside CJ Leslie.