It has been a long road for Hillcrest Prep 6-foot-9 prep post Chase Courtney. After first starting his high school career at Skyline High School in Mesa, Courtney then transferred to Bella Vista for his senior season last year, and now is finishing his high school career at Hillcrest Prep, where he is currently spending a post graduate year. It has been a long road for Courtney, but it has definitely paid off for the developing post player.
Courtney spent much of his time early at Skyline overcoming injuries and developing his body. The son of former very successful NBA journey man Joe Courtney, Chase has taken time to develop as a player and a young man - developing his love and enjoyment for the game over time. A Bella Vista last season, he saw very limited playing time on a loaded and young roster. This season, he decided to move to the Hillcrest Prep program, where he has been able to play for a post-graduate team that has allowed him to develop and play major minutes, which has helped tremendously with his development as a player.
As a result of his serious development, Courtney received his first division-I offer recently from Hampton University, a very nice compliment to his hard work and development as a college prospect. It is still unclear as to whether Courtney will accept the offer, or wait for more options to develop.
Courtney is a talent with upside that is a very good recruiting target, as he has good size and a good overall skillset that allows him to play inside and out on the floor. He has a good perimeter stroke with range, much like his father had as a player, and he does not mind playing in the post, where he has good footwork and a developed jump hook. He is a good finisher in the lane, and has gotten much stronger physically over the past two years, which now allows him to finish strong and compete hard on the glass.
Courtney's best years are still well ahead of him, so he does possess very good upside as a player - a nice attribute for a college post prospect. I really like this young man's potential for the future, and he is worthy of many more college looks and interest this spring.
Courtney also has a strong family unit and is well-raised - a fine young man on and off the court and a good student that gets it done in the classroom. This is a no brainer for college programs looking for size and potential for the future. Because he also spent a post-graduate year, he should become an immediate impact at the collegiate level, depending on the level of college program he chooses.
I will keep a close eye on his recruitment this spring, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Courtney is just beginning to realize his potential as a player and come around. After suffering injuries in the past, and as a upperclassman, Courtney is now beginning to get physically stronger and more athletic, which is now allowing him to finish much stronger around the rim and make plays in the paint. He has solid footwork and a good offensive repertoire, suggesting that he will only continue to develop his overall offensive skillset over time. A solid shooter that has good range on his shot and a soft mid-range touch, and a solid low-post scorer with a good jump hook. An active rebounder and a capable shotblocker. Runs the floor and finishes. Has upside. Son of former NBA player Joe Courtney.