Since his days as the skipper for the powerful Newport School when guys like Rodney White and James White laced them up under his direction, Chris Chaney has always had players. In his third season at the helm of Laurinburg, Chaney is set to roll out a prep squad that could have as many as 17 Division I players.
Not everybody is a high-major prospect, but nearly half the roster is dotted with guys who you can catch on the tube during the season next year.
Up front is where Laurinburg is really scary. Mississippi State and on Saturday showed that he can score with his back to the basket.
Future Memphis commitment, is likely to come off the bench and he brings a 6-8, chiseled body that specializes in dunking. Chris Ferguson, a prospect who committed to Coastal Carolina during a weekend visit, will also be a role player.
The X-Factor of the bunch is Regis Koundjia being the first from Central Africa to play for Chaney in as many years.
Benny (right) had his knee scoped in September and no one really knows what level he is. However, plenty are interested in the 6-11 prospect. South Carolina are in the mix. He could start playing as early as next week.
Everybody has a lot of high interest in him, said assistant coach Jay Couch, but nobody has seen him. Thatll change once the season begins. Theyll be lining up to get looks at him.
There arent that many college teams with two perimeter guns like Chaney has. Cincinnati and his stroke is pure.
Nebraska commitment, is the other wing gun. McCray, a native of Fort Lauderdale, can smoke 3s with the best of them. Hes confident and poised.
Pittsburgh to name a few. Hes originally from Cincinnati.
Last weekend, Chris Fuller committed to Loyola-Chicago. The 6-5 lefty (left) is an excellent mid-range shooter and a full qualifier from Las Vegas. Hes going to receive his share of minutes as well.
It looks like Dewayne Forman, a 5-10 guard who signed with Murray State last year, is going to receive a long look at the point. Hes fast and looks to have some toughness. Georgia Southern is in the mix for him. Maureece Rice, one of the areas top scorers ever, should log backcourt time as well.
Like we said, Laurinburg goes 17 deep. Eric Howard and Delaware native Evan Martin will get some burn with the ball in their hands off the bench. Justin Holland and Kris Clark are versatile backcourt players. Frenchman Loic Therpole will be a 6-6 reserve wholl play the small forward spot.
This is a squad with high expectations. Chaneys bunch is looking forward to the War On The Shore in November and theres little doubt that Laurinburg will be among the elite of the elite prep school teams in the nation this year. With this many Division I prospects, theyll begin the season as one of two teams Hargrave being the other that programs are gunning for.