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The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly

25, Jan 2023

The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly

It's almost February and wow this season has flown by so far. We are a month away from crowing a NCISAA champion in four classifications and a little over a month away from naming four more state champions in the NCHSAA and SCHSL. Let's take a look at what all is happening in the Carolinas. 

Siler Commits to Western Carolina 

 

Kaleb Siler

Fayetteville, NC

Class
2023
|
Position
PF
|
Height
6' 9"
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School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
39
State Pos. Rank
10

 

Carmel Christian senior forward Kaleb Siler is off the board to Western Carolina University. We have had the chance to watch Siler quite a bit on our HoopSeen stage, "Big body, fights and uses his body to position, soft-touch at the rim, runs the floor well, long wingspan, has some weight up top, pretty mobile for size, big hands, rebounds,  has the tools to be a really interesting prospect, recently offered by Hampton. Helped lead Carmel Christian to a state 4-A NCISAA title just over two weeks ago. Spent a lot of time on our HoopSeen stage over the past two seasons playing with Rod Howard Select." Siler is playing at Carmel Christian and is a big piece in a program that is a favorite to cut the nets down later next month. He is the first commitment in the class of 2023 for Justin Gray's squad in Cullowhee, North Carolina. 

 

Walker Picks Up Rhode Island Offer 

Lewis Walker

Winston Salem, NC

Class
2024
|
Position
SF
|
Height
6' 6"
|
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
12
State Pos. Rank
4

 

Winston-Salem Christian small forward Lewis Walker, a prospect in the 2024 class has been offered by Rhode Island. The undersized big man is a force in the block and can score from all spots on the floor. He updated HoopSeen last week about his recruitment and this offer comes as a little of a surprise. His play at an event in Virginia this past weekend helped earn him the offer. 

Holloway Named McDonalds All-American 

Prolific Prep (CA) guard Aden Holloway, who has committed to Auburn University has been named a McDonald's All-American. The 6-foot guard is originally from Matthews, North Carolina and keeps in tradition of prospects that have called North Carolina home and have transferred away to play a more national schedule and have been named McDonald's All-Americans. 

2023 - Aden Holloway (Previously at Covenant Day) 

2022- Jaden Bradley (Previously at Cannon School), MJ Rice (Previously at Durham Academy) 

2021- None

2020- Jaden Springer (Previously at Rocky River), Day'Ron Sharpe (Previously at South Central) 

2019- None

2018- Devon Dotson, Coby White


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.