Phenom Hoops continues to bring elite coverage before the season, as we are out and about covering teams, getting an early look at what programs will be bringing to the court this upcoming season. One team that we were able to view recently was Mallard Creek. Here is what we saw on the floor, as things still may continue to shake up before the season.
When you talk about Mallard Creek, you have to first start with the guard play that they will be bringing to the court this year. There is talent to be found and it looks like they will be deep at this position. It starts with the veterans of 2024 Langston Boyd and 2023 Bryson Davis. Davis had a terrific season last year and looks to be a leader once again, running the offense, scoring the ball effectively and finishing strong, and getting others involved. Boyd is a known name around North Carolina and has shown to be one of the toughest scorers in his class, especially when he is able to get inside the arc, to the rim, and finish through contact. Those two should have very strong years for Mallard Creek and will be must-see. But then you also have 2025 Jalyn Connor, who showcased his shooting ability and has only become more confident with his game while adding a little bit more to his game.
Those three will be names that you have seen and heard about, but we mentioned that Mallard Creek runs deep at the guard position. 2026 Rassell Young is a young freshman that can knock down shots. 2023 Russell Hawkins is a terrific glue-type, hard-nosed, grinding prospect that can make his impact felt in so many ways and really competes on both ends of the floor; he should be a key piece for this team. 2023 Brayden Campbell, 2023 Alijah Andrews, 2024 Isaiah White, 2024 Gary Davis, and 2025 Jaxon Keeling all are names that should help provide depth for this team as well as productive minutes when the opportunity is there.
Size could be an issue for this team, but they will have 2023 6’6 Deontae Walker who can help and should be a leader in the paint. He is a long, athletic prospect that is mobile, is active on the boards and makes his presence felt on both sides of the ball, and can finish at the rim. He will be counted on big time for Mallard Creek down in the paint.
The Mavs look to be strong and have the firepower to make some noise in North Carolina, especially with their guard play. They compete, they are scrappy, and they are tough, as Mallard Creek will have a chance to put points on the board.