Tournament Alumni


Nic Claxton:

As one of the top players in event history, Nic Claxton will forever be remembered by Gov. Challenge fans. On June 20th 2019, Claxton was drafted 31st overall by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA Draft. He has now signed a multi-year NBA contract and is already playing in big minutes during his rookie season (2019/2020). Before the NBA, the 6’11 PF played for Legacy Early College (SC) where he was a 4 star, Top 100 National recruit. He then played two seasons for the University of Georgia where he earned 2nd Team all SEC season his sophomore season. Claxton played in the 2015 & 2016 in the Governors Challenge.


Damion Baugh:

During his time at Lincoln Academy (GA) Damion Baugh put on absolute show at the 2017 Governors Challenge, winning the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest during his junior season. The 6’3 Guard is currently a freshman at the University of Memphis where he has started multiple games and is a major contributor on a freshman-led National Title contender. In his first game under Coach Penny Hardaway, Damion threw down a monstrous dunk that led him to be featured on SportsCenter Top 10 plays. Baugh was considered a 4 star, Top 100 National Recruit during his time in high school & at the Governors Challenge.


Obi Toppin:

Obi Toppin has taken the college basketball world by storm with his dominant performances during the beginning of the 2019/2020 season. In his sophomore year he has helped lead his Dayton team to multiple upset victories. The 6’9 monster of a power forward has skyrocketed up NBA draft boards into a solid first round draft pick, with some considering him a Top 10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He has caught the nation’s eye and received praise from Jay Bilas, Jon Rothstein and others. Toppin participated in the 2017 Governors Challenge during his post grad season at Mt. Zion Prep (MD), leading his team to a 3-0 record and starring in the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest.


Cole Swider:

Cole Swider, currently a sophomore at Villanova, participated in the 2017 Governors Challenge during his senior year at St. Andrews School from Rhode Island. In addition to leading his team to a 2-0 record at the event he averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Swider also participated in the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest and won the 3-Point Contest. The 6’8 power forward was considered one of the best shooters in the country and was ranked #35 by ESPN in 2018. Swider also won the 2017 Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year and was chosen to play in the Jordan Brand Classic. During his freshman campaign, Swider was a big contributor to the Wildcats and has grown to play even larger role to start his sophomore year.


Immanuel Quickley:

Immanuel Quickley had an impressive performance at the 2016 Governors Challenge for the John Carroll Patriots with a 16 point, 4 assists & 4 steals performance. He was ranked as the #19 player and #3 point guard in the country by 247 Sports in 2018. Quickley was also named to the McDonald's All American Game, where he won the 3-point contest. He was also a member of the USA U17 and U19 national teams. Quickley is now a sophomore point guard at Kentucky where he is a starter and key player for the National Championship contending Wildcats. During his freshman year on a loaded team, Immanuel played in all 37 games, boasting multiple starts and helping his team make an Elite Eight appearance.

 

Where are they now?