seventh year, the Carolina Challenge has rapidly become the signature event in the state for the top players. 80 of the best freshmen, sophomore and juniors have been handpicked for this invitation only, one-day academy that not only showcases the talent in the state but emphasizes what it means and takes to become a college basketball player. Last year over 15 media members covered the event and the participants were showcased in front of multiple voters for the McDonald’s All-American team as well as state and national award voters. By our count, 24 of the top 25 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina were in attendance including Scout.com’s Top 25 ranked Ty Walker, the 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year.
In 2008, John Wall, the nation's top point guard headlined the event. Team USA participants Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly also squared off. Both young men won silver medals at the 18-and-under Junior World Championships.
"He really has stepped up as a leader on my team and really improved this
year in the classroom. I was so glad that you told these kids the truth at
your event last year about grades, transferring, and how many people really
make it. So many people give these kids so many mixed messages and say they
have their best interest but only give them bad information. When Jay left
there he started to realize how important it was to be a student/athlete.
As far as his game he has really improved from one year to the next and his
confidence and leadership has really grown."
- Ragsdale HS coach Craig
Shoemaker in regards to his player Jay Canty
"The Carolina Challenged changed me from a boy to a man. I definitely recommend any player to attend it. It benefited me."
- TY WALKER, 2007 state champion, WAKE
"I was in a gym in Huntersville, NC playing pickup recently. I was asked by a younger player what was the one thing that helped or changed everything about my basketball career, future, and my recruiting. As I have told mom and dad many times emphatically " the Carolina Challenge". It was my big break. Something happened after that weekend. I was recruited by several good colleges and made the decision to play basketball for the Naval Academy. I know in my heart that
Dave Telep and the Carolina Challenge had a big hand in my good fortune and future. I thank God all the time for the opportunity they gave me in Cary, NC."
- ALEX NEWSOME, NAVAL ACADEMY SIGNEEE