Dreher’s Tevin Mack wants to ‘make a statement’ in nationally recognized high school basketball camp
Tevin Mack ended his junior season this past year garnering multiple accolades for his performance on the Dreher High School boys’ basketball team.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard picked up the AAA state Player of the Year, the AAA Region IV Player of the Year, All-State and All-Region honors and was a nominee for the South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year.
Now Mack can add another accomplishment to this resume as a participant in the NBA Players Association Top 100 basketball camp being held June 17 through June 22 at the University of Virginia.
The camp was created by the Players Association in 1994 and aims to develop the basketball and life skills for 100 of the best sophomore and junior high school prospects in the nation.
Mack said the camp began to show interest in him when scouts saw him play in multiple basketball camps during the offseason. Mack said he is excited for what this camp could do for his playing career.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “It gives me a chance to compete with the best players in the country in my class and the grade below me. I can see how I stack up against those guys and see where I’m at with those guys.”
Mack has been given an 81 scout grade by ESPN and a 77 scout grade by Scout.com, a high school sports recruiting website. He averaged 23 points per game and seven rebounds per game this season and has interest from school’s all over the country for his services.
Mack, however, wants to use the camp to prove to scouts he’s more than just his numbers.
“I just want to go out there and have a good showing and not go out there and stink it up,” he said. “I just want to go out there and show them I’m good too.”
Dreher head coach Jeff DiBattisto said he thinks Mack is the first Blue Devil to be invited to the camp and that he is proud of what his player has accomplished so far in his career.
“We’re obviously proud of him and it’s nice to have our name associated with a camp of that stature,” he said. “Obviously it’s the best players in the country in 2015 and 2016, so it’s great for us as we build a program, but I think it’s more of a testament to Tevin and how hard he’s worked to get to this point.”
Proud was the word used by his teammates as well when Mack posted his invite letter on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter.
“People saw it and we’re congratulating me and saying it was a really big deal,” he said. “Everyone is proud of me so it’s a really good feeling.”
Mack, however, isn’t the only player from South Carolina invited to the Top 100 camp. Seventh Woods, a sophomore at Hammond, and P.J. Dozier, a junior at Spring Valley, also received invites.
Mack said he hasn’t played against Dozier since they were kids and that Woods is a teammate on their AAU basketball team. He said going up against Woods specifically will be more than just a competition for the two players.
“In the games, it’s not like competition but more pushing each other to do better things and try to get the best out of each other,” he said. “I think that will happen at the camp.”
Mack said his goal is to try and win the Most Valuable Player, but by the end of the camp, Mack said he just wants to make his mark.
“I just want to go out there and do my best and make a statement,” he said.
Follow Mack’s journey in the camp on Twitter at @30piecemack.