At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Alex Holt of Lexington High School and Team Phoenix.
There might be a handful of true post players within North Carolina’s Class of 2020, and Holt certainly established himself as one of the most enticing over the last calendar year. He went from being widely unknown to a walking double-double, and now is among the most appealing unsigned prospects in the state. Holt is strong, poised, and quite crafty in the post, consistently highlighting impressive footwork and the ability to finish with either hand over either shoulder. He’s very smart and patient, displaying an excellent understanding of how to score, draw the defense, and make quality passes from the interior. Holt rebounds the ball at a high rate on both ends of the floor and runs the floor effectively in transition. He moves quite well for his size and defends opposing post players nicely.
We were fortunate enough to see Holt and Team Phoenix perform multiple times last summer. Our own Rick Lewis featured Holt on his “Biggest Stock Movers” in June, stating: “What a story! In speaking with Team Phoenix head coach Ricky Brown, Alex Holt had tried out for two other local/regional travel ball teams only to be cut. Talk about a gift landing in one’s lap. Holt is a wide-bodied power forward/post player that has an excellent feel for the game. He has tremendous footwork and passer friendly hands and usually sports a double-double in each and every game. Holt has the unique ability to carve out space and establish deep low post position where he is able to finish with high efficiency. In addition, Holt has good overall basketball fundaments and is excellent in boxing out on the defensive end of the court. Holt currently has offers from Presbyterian and Morehead State. Holt’s play this spring has enabled him to land at our no. 33 spot in our latest June 2020 rankings. Big men develop later and this has been the case with Holt. Look for Holt to continue his improvement on the court which will translate into more offers this July.”
Since then, Holt expanded his offer list with Radford and New Hampshire at the Division I level with Lander, Catawba, and Wingate also coming in from the Division II ranks. While impressive, it’s honestly surprising that he hasn’t collected more—specifically from our region. Although low-post players are becoming few and far-between, Holt still represents the positive side of a dying breed and has obvious usefulness at the next level. He has all the necessary tools to be steady, reliable, and productive for a variety of different programs, and will make a college coach incredibly happy upon his pending commitment.