For years Dave Telep ran HIS Carolina Challenge and built it into the premier camp in North Carolina. The camp everyone looked forward to, both players and fans alike. Telep’s camp brought out the best talent, put it under one roof and allowed them to compete in a one-day showcase.
Since Telep has moved on, taking on a role with the San Antonio Spurs, the North Carolina Top 80 has picked up the space. The invite-only camp brings together the best of the best the Hoop State has to offer and sets up an environment for that Top talent, to COMPETE! Like Telep’s camp, these players compete under one roof and often find the elite matchups EVERYone wants to see, but aren’t readily available during the season.
While Phenom Hoops is proud to run the North Carolina Top 80, this is not our event, this is North Carolina’s event. This is an event that showcases the Hoop State for the country. Top media outlets are running around interviewing all the players, the biggest videographers are baseline with their camera on every play, college coaches are tuned in via the live stream blasted out across the country by Baller TV. This event is North Carolina’s Top 80!
Here are the Storylines the 2019 NC Top 80 Has us Watching For …
Point Guards in 2020
While North Carolina is known across the country as the Hoop State, within that the most talented crop of players, at the highest level, is point guards. Steph Curry, John Wall, Dennis Smith Jr. Chris Paul, Ish Smith, etc … Even the top two players in last year’s class were point guards, Coby White and Devon Dotson are both now starting for Top 25 blue-bloods looking to make deep runs through the upcoming NCAA tournament.
However, the 2020 class has yet to have a point guard to distinguish themselves behind Top-75 prospect Jalen Cone. You have the likes of Shakeel Moore, Justin Wright, Christian Hampton and Jajuan Carr who are all hovering right around one another between 9 and 17 ranking in the state.
Of course, these players do all carry mid to high-major offers; Moore has a Providence, Wichita St. and ECU offer, Hampton carries App State, Carr has ECU and Wright has ECU and Rice.
All of these players and others within the class can really hoop and they are each on the verge of possibly turning into Top-150 type prospects. All of them will also have a chance to compete against one another, as well as against Cone. Look for these matchups to be heated, they ALL compete!
Also, they all have something to prove. Not to themselves, but to the many national media in attendance and to the college coaches watching on live stream. These guys are deserved of the highest level of scholarships, watch out for this show!
NC is known for point guards, and this class has some good ones who aren’t being talked about … well, they’re not being talked about yet!