Chris Taft, a 6-9, 210-pound forward/center from Xaverian High School in New York, continues to have a rock solid season as a junior. He is averaging close to 20 points a game on not as many touches as he should be getting. His team lost to Christ The King last Friday night.
But he has another big name program watching him -- North Carolina. UNC assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum was in the stands watching Taft as well as a freshman player who is making a big name for himself at CTK. But the main attraction is Taft, who last year averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks per contest last year as a sophomore.
Taft has already seen many of the programs on his list watch him play in person this year. It's likely the revolving door of coaches coming in to watch will continue as he gets deeper into his junior campaign.
He is one of the top juniors in the 2003 class. Taft told us that his top schools are Duke, North Carolina, Connecticut, Kentucky, Arizona, Syracuse, and Villanova.
One of the rising stars among post players in the class of 2003, Taft brings a sturdy frame and a budding offensive repertoire to Xaverian's front court. Taft has the skills to be a big time player by the time he is a senior on the high school level.