Moravian Prep High School: Always up to the challenge
Back in September, Phenom Hoop Report travelled up to Lenoir, North Carolina to watch the Moravian Prep open gym. After watching the collection of talent, we proceeded to ask coach Antonio Lowe if he would be interested in playing Oak Hill Academy at the inaugural Carmel Christian Tip Off Classic presented by Phenom Hoop Report. Immediately, coach Lowe’s face “lit up like a young kid on Christmas morning.” You see, many teams backed off playing in the event if they had to play a national ranked team like Oak Hill. To put it bluntly, the majority of teams we approached was just plain scared. Not coach Lowe!
For coach Lowe, they have developed the mentality, “we will play anyone, anytime, and anywhere.” They simply wanted to use this game as a platform to tell the basketball community “we are for real, we’re not afraid of anyone, and we want the opportunity to play the best anytime we can.” You have to love this mentality and approach. First of all, they have assembled a nice collection of talent and what better way to showcase your talent against one of the best teams in the country. Moravian Prep came in with confidence and almost pulled off the upset before losing in overtime. Along the way, coach Lowe has repeatedly stated to put them in as many Phenom events against the best teams possible. Again, Moravian Prep is up to the challenge and will play a very talented Legacy Charter this Saturday, December 15th in the Phenom Capital With Classic in Columbia, South Carolina.
Since the opening game vs. Oak Hill on November 10th, Moravian Prep has seen numerous players stock and recruitment skyrocket. 6’9 2019 Josh Hall has been on the receiving end of offers and interest. We’re talking about a lengthy, mobile and fluid wing that has a unique blend of size and an advanced skill set. Hall has the ability to put the ball on the floor, has excellent court vision and can knock down perimeter shots extending beyond the 3-point line. Stock is on the rise! He is a definite BUY NOW STOCK.
6’3 2019 Caleb Burgess
College coaches looking for a tough, gritty, strong, and physical point guard should be on notice. We’ve been impressed with his vocal leadership and his ability to run a team. He is a “coach on the floor” and has the ability to score from all three levels, but also is an effective and efficient floor general. Burgess plays with that proverbial chip and has a certain flair and moxxy that will make him one of the more attractive unsigned seniors in the area.
6’11 2020 Javarzia Belton
What’s not to like about a strong, physical and aggressive 6’11 BIG. Belton has an unbelievable work ethic and attitude and isn’t one to back down or shy away from competition. In the game vs. Oak Hill, Belton went “toe to toe” in his match up against nationally ranked 6’11 Kofi Cockburn, not to mention many felt he personally played equal or outplayed him. We continue to love his passion and enthusiastic attitude on the court. Belton continues to make improvements offensively and is without question on the verge of a national break through. He has the size, strength, athleticism, but most of all “he wants it.”