Monday, June 12, 2017

NTSI Yearbook

Chris Parker
6-foot-1, 155  Guard
Class of 2017
Henderson State

"We are proud to add Chris Parker to our Henderson State basketball program.  Chris is a very special player and person.  He has been raised in a basketball family and is a coach's son.  Consequently, Chris has great instincts, really understands the game and has a high basketball IQ.  He is a true point guard that makes everyone around him better, and also has the ability to score and make big shots.  Chris' character is off the charts and is a perfect fit with the other players in our program.  We are excited to add another high caliber four-year player from this region. Henderson State fans will enjoy watching him for the next four years."

En route to piecing together a first-year prep/post graduate program at National Top Sports Institute (Scotland, PA), head coach Chris Chaney ingrained the theme of “underrated” in his team. 

Chaney, he of the most wins of any prep school coach in America, preached passionately on playing with a purpose and proving it.

He consistently urged his team to work steadily in improving their NCAA stock while staying within the confines of the system.

Slowly but surely, the team circumvented the me-first individualist attitude that tends to plague programs at the prep and JUCO level. 

The anthem of “unsung” reverberated to Chris Parker.

A scoring guard transitioning to the role of key facilitator, scorer, and primary defender on a team rife with new faces, Parker bought in faithfully.

Jalen Jordan
6-foot-3, 162 Guard
Class of 2017
St. Francis N.Y.



Jordan, a 6-foot-3 guard, finished his high school career in 2016, averaging 17.5 points a game as a senior and scored over 1,000 career points.  Jordan, who also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game, was named Region 2-AAAAAA Player of the Year. He contributed 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in his final State playoff game.  Jordan spent the 2016-2017 campaign at National Top Sports Institute (NTSI), a first-year prep program in Scotland, Pennsylvania led by three-time National Prep Coach of the Year Chris Chaney.  He averaged 18.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game and scored a season-high 34 points against Combine Academy.

"Jalen is a versatile guard who can play both backcourt positions," Braica explained.  "He can really score the ball and is extremely athletic.  He gives us another player who can create a shot for himself or for others."

"Working with Chaney and assistant coach Sullivan Brown, Jordan added 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."

Rasheed Browne
6-2, 170 G
Class of 2017
Florida Gulf Coast University



"Following the departure of senior Lamarr Kimble, Neumann Goretti, a powerhouse in the Pennsylvania high school hoops landscape, had a void to fill to begin this season. Stepping into that spot and exploding onto the recruiting scene has been 6-foot-2 guard Rasheed Browne.
"I had to play a big role to step into his spot," Browne said.

Known as one of the team's best defenders (according to CoBL), the 2016 guard, confident in his scoring abilities, has taken on more of the scoring load. After pouring in 29 points in a win over Bonner-Prendergast on Wednesday, Browne and Neumann Goretti took the title at the Burger King Classic to maintain their top spot in the 3A rankings."

"Rasheed comes from a great High School program in Neumann-Goretti (PA.). Rasheed has the opportunity to be a very special player. He's a proven scorer and a guy who can really shoot the ball and get to the rim. What he's worked on recently is proving he's not a guy who only plays half the game. He's a much better defender and he really has bought into the defend at all times philosophy. He's been much more active on the defensive end and really molded himself into an all-around threat. So, we expect him to step in and lead right away."

                                                      Head Coach: Chris Chaney (2nd Year)

Coach Chris Chaney is the active leader in most wins for any high school or prep coach in the United States of America. Chaney has won three Maryland state championships and three national prep championships.

While in North Carolina, Chaney was at the forefront of what's widely regarded as the best-ever prep basketball team. At Laurinburg Institute, Chaney assembled and molded a deep core that wound up winning Wayne Otto's U.S. Prep National Championship in 2005.

This prep program attained unprecedented success. They mowed down  the elite of the elite, including lopsided victories over basketball powerhouse programs such as Montrose Christian and Hargrave's traditionally potent post-graduate program. Laurinburg authored a 40-point average margin of victory. Chaney's team, led by the likes of Shawne Williams (Memphis/New York Knicks), Robert Sallie (Memphis), Antonio Anderson (Memphis/Oklahoma City Thunder), featured a variety of weapons.

Throughout the season, they came in waves and waves. They had a whopping 17 different leading scorers throughout the game-by-game results. The augmented bench depth and the team's willingness to surrender personal statistics for team glory paid dividends. The team bought in collectively on the  court and off it, often running five miles to the gym before practice. There was no limitations on their work ethic, which played a significant role in the team's legendary accolades.

During his time at The Patterson School in North Carolina, Chaney molded talent such as Jordan Hill (Arizona/New York Knicks) and Hassan Whiteside (Marshall/Miami Heat). Both players arrived at the doorstep with notable flaws in their game yet a world of potential. The key was enabling them to learn the true intricacies of the big man position. Fully utilizing the talent at his disposal, Chaney's teams fed the post effectively.

Hill improved exponentially over the course of one season with Chaney. Hill, who did not play high school basketball, was discovered by Josh Pastner at an AAU tournament. In working with Chaney and staff, Hill developed a pack of post moves while learning how to thrive in the rim-to-rim game. Partially at his ability to run the floor effectively, partially at his ability to incorporate post moves and play with the ferocity that Chaney demanded of him, Hill rapidly evolved into one of the country's most underrated high-major recruits.

Whiteside, out of Gastonia, N.C., burst onto the NBA scene with the Miami Heat in the winter of 2015. Alongside another then-undervalued player in high-rising 6-foot-4 guard Tyler Johnson, Whiteside was at the forefront of a new young core in Miami. Racking up double-double after double-double, he soon became one of the country's most unique underdog stories.

Whiteside etched his name amongst elite company in the history books against the Chicago Bulls, turning in a “Triple Dozen” performance of 14 points, 13 rebounds, and an astonishing 12 blocks.

Whiteside’s knack for safeguarding the rim surfaced throughout. Throughout the 2015-16 season that followed, Whiteside's proclivity for altering and influencing and manipulating and changing the trajectory of shots would close down opponent's driving lanes at the pace of a nightmarish accident on I-95.