TechSideline.com was in Cary, North Carolina, last Saturday for Dave Telep’s Carolina Challenge. A number of Virginia Tech targets were on hand for the event, including 4-star point guard Marquis Rankin , a junior out of Vance High School in Charlotte. The 6-0, 170-pound prospect was happy to be there along with 79 other top players from the Tar Heel state.
“I just wanted to come out here and compete,” said Rankin, who averaged 10.3 points per game in three games.
From here, Rankin will move on to play with CP3 on the AAU circuit this spring and summer. He is coming off an injury-riddled junior season at Vance, which finished with a 19-7 record before losing in the second round of the playoffs.
“I was coming off injury so I started slow, but I picked it up at the end of the season,” Rankin said, summarizing his junior season performance.
This offseason, “I’ve been working on my ball-handling a lot and shooting more,” Rankin said. “A lot of people, like my dad and my coach, tell me to be aggressive, so I’m starting to do that a little more. I think I penetrate pretty good and I have a good midrange game right now.”
Vance head coach Will Robinson told TechSideline.com in January that Rankin’s college decision could come in April. The talented point guard kept quiet when asked about a possible decision.
“Nothing’s really new,” said Rankin, who is considering offers from Clemson, Louisiana Tech, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He did not name a favorite. “I’m not sure yet [when a decision will come]. I’m still thinking.”
Rankin visited Virginia Tech last fall and enjoyed the experience.
“It was good. I actually went to the Miami/Virginia Tech football game, so it was pretty fun,” Rankin said.
Evaluation from Saturday’s event
I caught only one of Rankin’s games. He scored 12 points in the contest, though he didn’t have his outside shot going. Certainly a good athlete with good quickness, Rankin showed an ability to get to the basket. He is a good ball-handler and solid passer as well.