At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Devante Gonzalez of Franklin Prep.
We’ve seen Gonzalez countless times, previously stating, “The NLPB floor general understands how to manage a game while operating with a steady, scrappy presence on both ends of the floor. Gonzalez is quick and very fast in the open court, able to attack the basket and finish or locate open teammates. He plays with a high motor and utilizes it well to create havoc defensively.” Which was later followed by, “The Franklin Prep group is very balanced, and Gonzalez consistently serves a purposeful role within their scheme. He’s a quick, scrappy lead guard with nice penetration instincts and the ability to finish or set up others. Gonzalez displays an active motor on both ends, and stands out as a pesky defender and useful hustle player as direct result.”
Since then, Gonzalez has only continued to showcase his abilities as a next-level basketball player. He’s a quick, scrappy two-way point guard with an unselfish approach and the understanding of how to consistently set up others. Gonzalez does a solid job at breaking down defenders or getting by opponents in transition and attacking the basket. He’s a useful passer, tough defender, and capable scoring option who is quite adaptable to the team needs. Gonzalez handles the ball well and embraces his identity well on both ends of the floor. For college programs in search of a lead guard, Gonzalez could be the answer.