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
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
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.
North Carolina Mr. Basketball Probables
The biggest individual award in North Carolina is the Mr. Basketball Award. Who is currently making a strong push? We talked to some high-profile who's who of basketball in North Carolina.
Rod Bridgers of The Hoop State Network - "If it ended today, I would say Drake Powell (UNC commit) or Jah Short (New Orleans commit).
Langston Wertz of The Charlotte Observer - "It's a toss up, Drake Powell, Jaeden Mustaf, Isaiah Evans."
Chris Hemphill of 8 Balla Insider - Jah Short (Farmville Central), Austin Swartz (Cannon School), Isaiah Evans (North Mecklenburg), Riley Allenspach (Providence Day, Jaeden Mustaf (Camel Christian), Drake Powell (Northwood) and Paul McNeil (Richmond County)
Justin Byerly - I'm going with Drake Powell or Isaiah Evans for this one.
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)
2020- Jaden Springer (Previously at Rocky River), Day'Ron Sharpe (Previously at South Central)
2018- Devon Dotson, Coby White