January 24, 2015

Spencer making some noise

Kevin McCarthy

The maxim that you can't teach height remains unerringly accurate so anytime a prep basketball player measuring 80 inches begins putting up numbers, well, it's time to check him out. Meet 2016 prospect Elan Spencer of Lincoln High in Stockton.

photo of Elan Spencer

His numbers thus far this season: 10.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks in 24 minutes a game on a team averaging just above 51 points and 29 boards a contest.

Veteran Lincoln Coach Gary Greeno calls his 6-foot-8 junior “thin but a hard worker who has added weight and can post, shoot threes and dribble.”

“From my freshman year, I've grown four inches and added 40 pounds,” Spencer explained. “I'm now at 190.” His particular skills set came about because "I was pretty much a guard before growing those four inches.”

Spencer offered a couple of other elements to his game, "I'm pretty good at creating space in the paint and can take people outside.”

Asked for his best basketball moment to date, he offered, “it was against Johnson High and after their point guard was trash-talking the entire game, our point drove down the lane late in the fourth quarter, passed me the ball and I dunked on him (the opposing point).”

Spencer cites his most prominent hoops influences as “probably my mom and dad. My mom would rebound for me when I was practicing shooting and I would go to the park with my father and work on post moves.”

He is the tallest member of his family so where he will top out is unknown.

Looking to major in business or kinesiology, the latter is because “I fractured my fibula as a sophomore and I would like to help people with their injuries.” He also describes himself as a people person.

Lincoln is so 2-0 so far in Tri-City Athletic League play, Spencer's best scoring night was 23 points against Johnson, a game in which he also grabbed 12 rebounds to earn a double-double. His high on the boards in 2014-15 is 15 versus Oakland Tech followed by 13 against Manteca High.