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
Height
6' 3"
HoopSeen Rankings
National
NR

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
Travel Team
HoopSeen Rankings
National
NR
College

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.

 

Upcoming Events

Dates
July 10 – 12, 2020
Venue
Suwanee Sports Academy
Who
Boys 9th-11th grades
Entry Cost
$200
Dates
July 13 – August 9, 2020
Venue
Suwanee Sports Academy
Who
Boys 3rd-9th grades
Entry Cost
$595
Dates
July 31 – August 1, 2020
Venue
The Finley Center
Who
Boys 7th-11th grades
Entry Cost
$395