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 Pine Lake Prep. Here is what we saw on the floor, as things still may continue to shake up before the season.
Pine Lake Prep faced a tough year in which they were looking to rebuild, as they are coming off a 3-22 season but have pieces returning that could help this team take the next steps. Here are the players that captured our eyes.
- 2025 Ethan Morgan, a 6’3 guard, looks to help run the show for this team, as he showed that he has gotten stronger, sees and reads the floor, has a good IQ with the ball in his hands, and gets his teammates involved. After getting time last year, it should only help him be prepared for this upcoming season.
- 2024 Braden Gower, a 6’1 guard, is a vocal leader, has good size and can stretch the floor, and is a big guard that can be effective from multiple levels on the court.
- 2024 6’0 Daniel Coleman is another guard that has a smooth shot, is a smaller guard but finds his shot well in coming off the ball for his pull-up game.
- 2024 Julien Evering, a 6’0 guard, is a name to start looking at more in my opinion. He is a smaller guard but boy is he quick with the ball in his hands and makes plays on both ends of the floor. Evering has a nice burst that allows him to get downhill, creating well off the dribble and getting in the paint to finish strong. He also is a very good scrappy defender, creating havoc and getting into his opponent. Really liked what we saw with his impact on both ends.
- They will have some big guards on the floor in 2024 6’5 Robert Magner and 2024 6’4 Lucas Strickfaden, both of which should only build off their sophomore campaign. Magner is coming off a season in which he was the second-leading scorer at 8.3 points per game.
- Forwards 2023 Ben Harper, 2024 Gus Linker, and 2023 Terence Dignan should all be able to help and provide depth for this team. Linker has good size at 6’5 and should be able to help on the boards for this team, but also showed a nice mid-range game offensively.