Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Legendary Prep Coach Chaney Planted Seeds As NTSI Grows








During his storied stay at Laurinburg Prep (NC), Chris Chaney spearheaded a veritable prep "Dream Team."


Twelve years later, Chaney’s 40-0 Laurinburg team is widely regarded as the best prep program ever assembled. The 2005 national champions possessed a boatload of position-to-position power. They won each contest by an average of 40 points.


 They also featured 17 different leading scorers and 15 Division-I signees in total.
Chaney pieced together an array of prized recruits. He enabled them to buy in collectively, implementing a souped-up attack.


Buoyed by fresh legs in augmented bench depth, Laurinburg posted a 95-83 win over Hargrave Military Academy in Wayne Otto’s U.S. prep national championship. Championship MVP Antonio Anderson, Robert Sallie, and Shawne Williams, all of whom wound up at Memphis under then-head coach John Calipari, were the mainstays and bulwark of this gifted core.


While at The Patterson School (N.C.), Chaney cultivated a post presence in a raw 6-foot-11 kid named Hassan Whiteside.


Chaney's workaday labor facilitated Whiteside's assimilation to the heavy demands of bruising center. Whiteside, out of Gastonia, N.C., soon developed an adeptness at blocking shots.


Applying the low-post scoring tools necessary to play up to his size, he abruptly grew.


Ascending the mountaintops of North Carolina's top-notch prep programs, Chaney tuned up the raw and inexperienced Jordan Hill.


Hill never played high school basketball before, albeit the promise and quality was visible in the kid's unpolished game.


Under Chaney and staff, Hill (who was drafted by the New York Knicks after a stellar career at Arizona) became an offensive force and eventually a menacing rim protector.


 Such is the true unique draw of Chaney and staff's coaching at National Top Sports Institute in Scotland, Pa.  


 While many thrive on inheriting star-spangled lineups and nabbing those heavily sought after recruits, Chaney has thrived with the unknown. NTSI aims to take an unknown and raw prospect and turn him good, pushing his evolution every step of the way. 


The new scheme has worked. Chaney, who has won more games than any active high school or prep coach, continues to churn out a steady wave of talent from all across the country and overseas.


No longer working strictly with blue chips, Chaney’s time at National Top Sports


 Institute has been spent enabling under-the-radar players garner notice.
Last season, Chaney swooped in at the 11th hour with the focus on getting a n


ew program off the ground. He needed to move swifly to build up the culture and engineer the meshing experiment. This entailed taking forgotten-about recruits and pushing them against national brand name high school/prep programs.


 Chaney discovered one of the country’s more underrated recruits in Jaylen Jordan. Jordan, out of Congers, Ga., flew mostly under the radar during his high school career.
 
Then, at the tail end of Jordan’s senior season, he became a focal point and an innate playmaker averaging 18 points and six assists per game.


 Working with Chaney and assistant coach Sullivan Brown, Jordan packed muscle onto a once twig-like frame. Inheriting some ownership of the offense, Jordan soon found his identity.


 Blessed with various scoring tools, few are aware of the limitless bounce Jordan possesses. Any given moment, Jordan can kick-start the momentum roll with an electrifying dunk or a move which only rarified athletes are capable of.


Guard Chris Parker also in without the lofty expectations and rankings and soon made a name for himself. At 6-feet and 155 pounds, what Parker lacked in size he made up for with instincts and true point guard play.


Parker became an instant linchpin in Chaney’s controlled and strategic transition game, fueling fast breaks and kick-starting the running game fresh off a defensive board. He averaged 17.0 points and 4.0 assists for the post-graduate team.
 
Similar to Jordan before him, Parker not only bought into but embodied the “unsung” theme.


The fact that this core didn’t generate the same national headlines as others provided added ammunition for kids like Parker (who recently penned with Henderson State).
“Coach always tells me, ‘play with a chip on your shoulder,’” Parker said of Chaney.

And so the Texas native relished the responsibility of seeing the play before it unfolded and developing an accurate read on his teammates’ strengths. Parker fed the post, was instrumental in creating in the half-court set, and scored at all three levels.


 He blew past defenders and used his wit to make the right pass and pile up pivotal buckets.


 Parker called his own number during high-pressure moments, pocketing pivotal 3-pointers against Mount Zion (M.D.) and 22 Feet Academy (S.C.).


Another guard who improved dramatically under Chaney's system is Dylan Angel.


"He's the ultimate winning type of kid," said Chaney of Angel, who found his way to NTSI's backcourt following a mid-season transfer from DME Academy in Daytona Beach, Fla.


"He possesses all the tools necessary to be a good, reliable four-year player. He had a very good high school career which ultimately culminated with a loss to Tony Bradley (now a newly-minted champion at UNC) in the playoffs. He's also a good student and has the maturity and mindset to make a seamless transition to college and be a key piece from the get-go."

 At DME this season, the prep and post-graduate team did not have the same high-rankings and highly-touted recruits as they have in previous years. 



The SIAA program underwent a putrid down year, stuffed in the talent-stacked SIAA's lower percentile.


Thus, weighing the transfer market to renew his winning ways was the best option for Angel.


A disciplined up tempo pace that entails consistent work and hustle, was also better suited for the post-graduate.


 "At DME we had a lot of set offenses that were drawn up to take time off the clock," the 6-foot-2 Angel said.


 "At NTSI, we were told to run the fast break and score as quick as possible. The part of my game I really had to refine was my quickness and driving capabilities. I really think that playing at NTSI and the level of play really helped me adjust and refine those aspects of my game."


 A deft-shooting stroke, decision-making off the dribble, and defensive tenacity are key attributes which render Angel a safe bet to win the plus/minus stat on the floor.
"It was tough adjusting to all the new faces at first in the middle of the season, but I quickly proved myself in the gym," Angel explained.


"I feel like after I proved myself, everything else just fell into place. I was able to find my niche by gaining the trust of the guys and just performing well on daily basis."
Angel was quick to cite that the two coaches propelling his development helped him get acclimated.


"I can't tell you how many times I've had two coaches from the same team tell me two completely different things," he said. "With them, they were always on the same page