THE LIST: Class of 2015 Rivals150
During the summer, four-star junior Horace Spencer decided that he needed a change of scenery. So he left his Philadelphia home for powerful Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, and the move seems to be working out in several ways.
A 6-foot-7 power forward with long arms, a great frame and above-average athleticism, Spencer has always looked good from a physical standpoint. At Findlay, his game is starting to round out. He's being challenged by other high-level players, and he's found a mentor in his coach, former NBA player Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams.
"Findlay Prep has prepared me with all the conditioning we do," Spencer told Rivals.com. "It's made me prepared for high-level competition. Coach Williams has told me to play like him, like a junkyard dog. I look up to him and he's become a role model."
Playing against good competition and being better conditioned is one thing; actual improvement in terms of skill is another. At last week's USA Basketball minicamp, Spencer proved to be well on his way to being more than a designated athlete and looks in good shape to move up from his current spot of No. 88 in the 2015 Rivals150.
"My motor has improved a lot and skill wise I've been working on my offense," said Spencer. "I have a jump hook, my footwork has improved and I'm rebounding the ball much better."
Spencer says that his recruiting is just starting to take off and mentioned Cincinnati, UNLV, Maryland, Seton Hall, LaSalle, Temple and Oregon State as schools showing interest.
For Spencer, the focus on recruitment will come later. For now, he's just trying to keep his game moving in a positive direction.
"I'm working my ball handling and my jump shot," said Spencer. "I'm trying to be able to do more facilitating and scoring to go along with my rebounding and defense."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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