Messiah Pankey, a 6'0, 185-pound guard from Trinity Academy in Raleigh, NC has been putting up almost a double-double this season and has been one Phenom Hoops has had their eye on for some time now.

Did we mention that he is only a sophomore'

Pankey has been one of the top scoring guards in North Carolina for his class this season, averaging 20 ppg, 8 rpg, and 3 apg for Trinity Academy, as the Tigers are off to an 8-6 start this season.

Even though Pankey is still young, he understands that he has to be the leader this year for this young Trinity Academy team and he is starting to get use to that role.

'We have a very young team this year and we are trying to grow as a team and get more comfortable with new roles,' Pankey told Phenom Hoops in a recent interview.

'I have been asked to play off the ball more this year and score more. Doing whatever I can to help the team win. Even though I'm a sophomore, I have been asked to be a leader because we are such a young team. Be more vocal as a defender. Get stops and fight for rebounds. Coach Burrell wants us to focus on defense and wins will continue to come. Scoring more off the ball has been new for me but it has taught me how to more without the ball.'

Pankey has grown as a player and developed his overall game and even though he stands at 6'0, this young man can do it all and has shown that over the early years of high school. But even though he has proven to be a player that programs should take notice of, he continues to develop his overall skills as a player.

'I still think I need to continue to keep working on my outside shot,' Pankey said. 'I attack the basket a lot and shoot a lot of free throws because of it. The more I improve my jump shot, the more it will open up my game.'

Pankey would still be considered an 'Under-The-Radar' type of kid but it seems that a few programs could be showing interest. Liberty and Campbell have shown interest, while Austin Peay State has invited him to take in a game.

With the numbers he is putting up and with his improvement in his overall game, he certainly could be seeing more interest come his way. But as of right now, he wants to continue to show that he can play at the next level, which every college that may be, as he knows he can offer a lot.

'To be honest and realistic, I just want to play in college. So any program that thinks I would be a good fit for their program, I'm open to,' he said. 'I feel I could do a lot of things to help a team win. I can bring toughness to a team, scoring, rebounding, and defense. Whatever I could do to help win or whatever is asked of me by my coaches.'