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South Carolina wing on the rise

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RANKINGS: Class of 2014 - 2015 - 2016
Because of his hard work, four-star wing Tevin Mack has been climbing the rankings. After making a big impact as a junior and on the grassroots circuit, he is looking to continue his climb while searching for a place he can make an immediate impact on the next level.
A 6-foot-6 small forward at Columbia (S.C.) Dreher, Mack has been one of the fastest risers in the class of 2015 moving up from No. 97 to No. 76 overall in the latest Rivals150. He's hoping to continue that climb via his play with the Carolina Wolves this summer.
"I had a great high school season and we went pretty far in the playoffs," Mack told Rivals.com. "We lost in a crazy way so that motivated me to got out and work harder and get ready for AAU in the offseason.
"I came out and did really well in Pittsburgh in April because I had that fire in me. I played well in Houston in May too and I'm ready to get back out there and give it a go."
Mack has very good size for a wing player and is also a dangerous jump shooter with range to beyond the three-point line. He is a natural scorer but feels like some areas of his game have been overlooked.
"The main thing I think is ball handling," said Mack. "I'm pretty confident in my ball handling skills. I know I can get a rebound and bring it up the court. I've been doing it all spring and I'm going to do it more. That's been my focus. I can also rebound for my position."
So far, Mack holds offers from the likes of Georgia, Clemson, Mississippi State, VCU (where he took a brief visit two weeks ago), East Carolina, Auburn and Wake Forest with interest from USC, South Carolina, Georgetown, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and more.
At this juncture, nobody is standing out to Mack and he's likely going to wait until the spring of his senior season to decide.
"All of the schools recruiting me right now are coming pretty hard," said Mack. "I think that most of them are treating me like I'm one of their main targets. I'm going to narrow it down in August. I'm going to sit down with my mom and my brothers and narrow it down. I'm not sure about a number yet but maybe a top six or a top five.
"I want to go somewhere and make an impact. I don't want to go and sit for a couple of years. I want to go somewhere I can earn my spot and make an instant impact. I want to play at a winning program too. Some guys get caught up in the biggest name and it ends up not being the best fit and I don't want to do that."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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