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Early leaders emerge for four-star Mack

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THE RIVALS150: Class of 2014 - Class of 2015
Columbia (S.C.) Dreher junior shooting guard Tevin Mack has a knack for scoring the ball. He showcased his ability to light up scoreboards last year during travel season playing with the Carolina Wolves and Upward Stars, and he's continued that so far during his junior season of high school basketball. He has his team positioned to potentially make a run at a state title in the Palmetto State.
"Our season has been going pretty good," Mack said. "We're number one in the region right now. We've got a big game on Friday night. I just got my 1,000th career point on Saturday night. I'm averaging like 21 points and five or six rebounds per game right now."
College coaches are always in the market for wings who possess size and the ability to score like Mack. A trio of offers have come in from power conferences with several other high-majors showing heavy interest.
"Georgia and VCU are probably calling and texting me the most right now, Mack said. "I've been getting letters from Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida State, Mississippi State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. South Carolina has come to my school a couple times, but they haven't done much besides that," Mack said. "Georgia, Virginia Tech and Houston are my offers. VCU hasn't offered, but they have been down here a bunch and I think they might be close."
Georgia became one of the first schools to offer Mack last summer and had the four-star wing on campus twice during football season. A family connection has Georgia in strong position with Mack.
"There playing pretty well right now. I think they are top five in the SEC right now ... they won the big game at Missouri, so they are starting to play pretty well. I talk to Coach [Philip] Pearson from Georgia a lot, but Coach [Mark] Fox coached my brother at Nevada, so he calls me a lot too," Mack said.
Like Georgia, Clemson also had Mack on campus twice during football season and has impressed him with a strong start in conference play.
"Clemson just knocked off Duke the other day. That was a big game. I went to Clemson twice during football season and it was really nice."
VCU is also heavily on Mack's mind, despite not extending a scholarship offer yet.
"They are really good," said the 6-foot-6 wing. "They were ranked top 15 at one point. They have a really good program up there. I think they are really good. I'm going to try to get up there at some point after the season."
Mack will likely wait and see what his options are after travel season before deciding on where he'll play college basketball.
"I'll probably commit sometime during my senior year in the fall. I'm looking for a school where I can do in and make an impact immediately. It doesn't matter how close it is to home. I want to play for a good coaching staff and somewhere that has stability in the program."
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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