Prep Tour: Patterson School

LENOIR, N.C. -- Chris Chaney has a deep frontcourt with loads of size. Not overshadowed by the bigs has been the development of guard DeAndre Kane.

When Chris Chaney wants to go "small" he'll glance down his bench and summons recent addition Clarence Trent. Dutifully, the 6-foot-7 Trent will head to the scorer's table and replace 6-10 Hassan Whiteside.

Size, for coach Chris Chaney, isn't a problem this year.

"I think we're very long, athletic," Chaney said. "That's the key to our team. The good thing about these guys is that they can play multiple positions. We have guys like Arsalan, Steven Roundtree and Isaiah Nunn who can play almost the two through the five."

Chaney's crew isn't merely tall, they're extremely talented. Take Rashanti Harris for example. Last year as a senior, Harris owned Greg Monroe in a December matchup and mixed it up with Samardo Samuels. He finished ranked in Scout.com's Top 20 for 2008.

"I think Rashanti is as talented as they come," Chaney said. "He's got a motor that keeps on going. He's tough, physical and he's a great teammate. He'll do what it takes to win the game."

With Harris working as an enforcer inside, Whiteside and Class of 2010 center David Nyrasuk (7-feet) will have ample chances to develop. Whiteside is a raw but astonishingly gifted shot blocker with a huge wingspan. Nyrasuk, a Sudanese import, is every bit of 7-feet tall and like Whiteside, raw but laced with upside.

The aforementioned Trent, a Top 100 talent who comes to Patterson via Findlay Prep, has some catching up to do in terms of earning minutes. Trent will look around and see a lot of guys his size – or bigger – who have talent. However, none of them play above the rim and with as much power as he can bring.

With bigs galore, the duties of scoring outside a five-foot radius of the goal belong to combo forward Arsalan Kazemi and shooting guard DeAndre Kane.

Kazemi, a member of the Iranian junior national team, loves to play and is the team's most cerebral player. He's one of the only guys we witnessed take a charge in fall workouts. Because there's so much size, he'll earn small forward minutes, which should put his perimeter game front and center for all to see.

Kane, well, he's easily one of the more improved wings we've seen on the circuit. A former high school teammate of DeJaun Blair, Kane has found his jump shot and his confidence is sky high. He'll play both a scoring and leadership role for this unit.

"He's a physical two guard who can score it and shoot it," Chaney said. "He's got a good understanding of the game and he defends. He's a tough kid and that's exactly the type of kid we like."

Chaney's bench includes a host of players who have a chance to be recruited at the mid-major level. Isaiah Nunn, a combo wing has size (6-6) and could play multiple positions. Ditto for forward Steve Roundtree a native of Fort Lauderdale.

The long-term success of this team could hinge on who steps up at the point guard position. Chaney doesn't need a scorer at the spot, he needs a facilitator of offense. Candidates for the position include Keenan Coleman, Vincent Counsel, Baris Erlin and Hunter McClintock.

Other Team Members: Ahmad Ibrahim (2011, SF/SG), Cedric Baker (2009, PG), Blaine Mitchell (2009, SG), Wali Couliby (2009, SG).


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