At the Summer Classic East, Hoop Group may have hosted the Philadelphia area’s next star big man.
Horace Spencer has the world in front of him. He’s an athletic and active 6-foot-8 forward out of William Tennent High School in the Class of 2015 that is already finding himself ranked among the best players in the country. Fifteen year olds with his size, length, and athleticism that are coordinated enough to throw down left-handed putback dunks and run the floor, he is a rare commodity, to say the least.
While Spencer showcased his athleticism on the first day of the tournament, he understands that he needs to do quite a bit to develop the rest of his game.
“Personally, I want to get better, to make sure my game develops as I get older,” he said. “Especially playing against higher competition.”
Coaches aren’t allowed to contact Spencer directly yet, but he said that his coaches have heard from a number of schools already. Spencer doesn’t have a favorite, but he shouldn’t at his age.
“I’m open to any college,” he said “I just want to go Division I. My dream is North Carolina.”
His dream may come true if he continues to play the way he did on Wednesday. North Carolina assistant coach Hubert Davis was in attendance. But before Spencer even concerns himself with college, he needs to decide on where he will go to high school. He’s strongly considering a transfer to New Jersey powerhouse St. Anthony’s.
For now, at least, Spencer is simply concerned with showing off his strengths — and his flaws — to the coaches watching him play.
“When they’re evaluating me, I’m trying to play the best I possibly can,” he said. “Show off your abilities, what you’re able to do. It also shows you gotta work on certain things.”
If he continues to work on those things, there’s no reason he can’t don Carolina Blue in 2015.
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