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The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly

11, Mar 2020

The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly

In this week of The Carolina Corner we take a look at Ben Bryson's commitment, we check in with Alex Holt, Geico National Tournament moving South, NCHSAA Finals schedule, and more. 

 

Ben Bryson Makes Commitment

Ben Bryson

Hendersonville, NC

Class
2020
|
Position
CG
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Height
6' 3"
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National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
48
State Pos. Rank
8

West Henderson's Ben Bryson, the Co-WMAC Conference Player of the Year has committed to UVA-Wise and Head Coach Blake Mellinger. The 6-foot-3 point guard chose UVA-Wise over Newberry, Limestone and a preferred walk-on spot at Tennessee.

Bryson ends his career as West Henderson's leading scorer and was named to the NCBCA District 12 1st Team. Bryson had this to say about his commitment, "the most obvious reason for me was how the coaching staff prioritized me and took time everyday to reach out and talk to me. I had many d1 schools interested in me but the guys at Wise made me feel I was their top priority. Also the campus was beautiful and it reminded me a lot of home in WNC." 

Bryson was a regular on our HoopSeen stage and was named all-tournament at The Atlanta Jam and a top performer at our Best of the South playing with the Tennessee Bobcats. 

Alex Holt Updates Recruitment 

Alex Holt

Lexington, NC

Class
2020
|
Position
C
|
Height
6' 8"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
30
State Pos. Rank
2

One of the top unsigned big men in North Carolina, 6-foot-9 forward Alex Holt from Lexington, North Carolina is in the process of scheduling visits and is going to take one of his three remaining to High Point University and is still trying to set up a visit to Furman. He has already taken an official visit to Morehead State back in September.

Holt is a true old-school big man that can score over either shoulder, has a soft touch around the basket, rebounds and can block and alter shots. He runs the floor well for his size and can bang in the paint. 

His total number of offers stand at seven with Presbyterian, Radford, New Hampshire, Morehead State, Catawba, Wingate, and Lander. 

Geico Nationals Moving South 

With the threat of the coronavirus in New York City, The Geico Nationals will be moved from Christ the King High School in Queens to Dorman High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina on April 2-4.

Dorman received an invitation to the event back in January and won their appeal with the SCHSL to participate in the national tournament.

Dorman and Head Coach Thomas Ryan recently captured their fourth straight SCHSL state championship and are led by Clemson-bound senior PJ Hall and Butler-bound point guard Myles Tate

Read more here from The Greenville News.

 

NCHSAA State Finals are Set for Saturday 

We took at a look at the 1-A state title game earlier this week, here. We will have the rest of the classifications up Thursday and Friday. Here is the schedule for Saturday. 

1-A 

Winston-Salem Prep vs Henderson Collegiate 2:35PM at Reynolds Coliseum on the NCSU campus. 

2-A 

Farmville Central vs Shelby 2:35PM at Dean E. Smith Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. 

3-A 

Freedom vs Westover 7:35PM at Reynolds Coliseum on the NCSU campus. 

4-A 

North Mecklenburg vs Lumberton 7:35PM at Dean E. Smith Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

 


Justin Byerly
State Editor

Justin Byerly has spent the past 15 years covering North Carolina prep and grassroots basketball. He has previously worked with The Recruit Scoop and Rivals.com. In addition to that he has contributed to The USA Today, Charlotte Observer, The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Sun News. He has held The Justin Byerly Upstate/WNC Showcase the past two years and has helped student-athletes from North Carolina and South Carolina receive college scholarships. He owns The Byerly Report scouting service that has over 100 college subscriptions. Justin resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Danielle and four children. 

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