This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina for another notable event prior to the June Live period. Between the competition and slew of prospects, it made for a pretty exciting three-day stretch. Although it was a dead period, there were still plenty of prospects worth the attention of various college coaches. Although most programs are focused solely on seniors, they should be applying pressure to various rising juniors–like Chris Eagan.
We’ve seen Eagan steadily develop over these last few years, recently stating, “Continuing onto a player who possesses an enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Chris Eagan. He’s a long, wiry, skilled forward/post prospect with an excellent blend of IQ, touch, and perimeter shooting. Eagan is a fluid athlete with great instincts for pursuing rebounds and altering shots defensively. He handles the ball very well for his size, makes smart passes, and seems to get better with each new viewing. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would only make him more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Buchannan on Eagan: “Chris is an extremely skilled lefty with good touch and great shot-blocking instincts. Left-hand dominant but gets to it well. Coachable, positive teammate, but needs to improve aggression on the glass. Fluid athlete with the ability to lead a break as a big in transition. He’s a good passer, but could stand to be a little more vocal because he has earned credibility as a leader with his play.” Eagan was easily among the top performers on display, and should be poised for a potential breakout season at Charlotte Catholic.”
Going forward, folks should be excited about his development. Eagan has progressed at somewhat of a rapid rate since the start of his high school journey and now seems ready to take the next step as a player. After sharing the frontcourt with Patrick Tivnan for the last few years, it’ll be Eagan’s paint to anchor. He’s a long, mobile, active two-way big man with solid touch, footwork, and post moves. Eagan already displays a nice comfort level with spacing the floor, attacking off the bounce, and passing the ball through traffic. He excels going to his left, but is more than capable of utilizing either hand. Eagan is a useful rebounder and interior defender who isn’t afraid to involve himself in the action on either end of the floor. He’s made clear strides defensively, has improved as an athlete, and looks increasingly likely to have a breakout junior season for the Cougars.