Lowgator brings a lot of energy to the game

House Is at Home in Low Country


A scout for the Memphis Grizzlies arrived late to the morning session of NBDL Central Training Camp. Running behind schedule, he quickly arranged his things, settled on his daily agenda and shifted his eyes to the court where potential diamonds in the rough aimed to impress.

One player in particular was having a strong session, and the scout reached for his roster, looking to match the number on the jersey with a name.

“Oh, that’s Fred House, looks like he let the hair grow out a little,” the scout said. “I love the way this kid plays. He’s going to do some nice things in this league.”

Eleven games into his first professional season with the North Charleston Lowgators, House has indeed done some nice things, leading the Lowgators in scoring (14.1 ppg) and the entire NBDL in steals (2.6 spg).

“I’m always trying to bring a lot of energy to the game,” House said. “If my scoring isn’t going well or my defense is off, I like to motivate, try to hustle, dive on the floor. If the team sees you doing that, it becomes contagious.”

That’s certainly been the case in North Charleston, where the Lowgators own the league’s best record (8-2). The key so far to North Charleston’s success has been great team balance. In addition to House, B.J. McKie (11.8), Sedric Webber (11.7) and Galen Young (10.6) average double figures. Chris Robinson (9.3) and Tess Whitlock (8.0) also provide offensive punch. The frontline of C.J. Black, Neil Edwards and Makhtar Ndiaye is fixed on rebounding and blocking shots.

Looks like Head Coach Alex English has his entire house in order.