At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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 Isaac Parson of Kinston High School and Team Trezz.
Although point guards are the most common basketball players (due to being a normal size), finding a floor general that embodies the proper attributes can be difficult. Insert Parson, who has no real questions surrounding his identity or overall approach to the game. He’s smart, tough, and skilled, which is a rough combination for opposing guards. Parson knows how to effectively break down his man off the dribble, touch the paint, and make plays for himself or others at a seemingly nonstop rate. He gets where he wants on the floor and possesses the necessary craftiness to really manipulate the defense. Parson is a capable perimeter shooter that finishes through contact, makes quality passes, and rebounds well for his size. That being said, he’s also a noteworthy defender that welcomes physicality and forces turnovers at a pretty reliable rate.
Parson has become somewhat of a celebrity in the eastern part of North Carolina, and justifiably so given his role with Kinston throughout the last few years. We featured him on our series highlighted unsigned seniors back in December, stating: “It’s honestly somewhat crazy to see Parson’s name on this list, considering where he lives and attends school. Kinston has been known for their ability to develop and produce high-level talent, which makes Parson’s recruitment even more confusing. After becoming a qualifier within the last few weeks, he should’ve been absolutely flooded with scholarship offers. Wingate deserves credit for expressing interest and being first to the recruiting party. However, Parson has all the tools to collect at least another dozen prior to graduation. His IQ and toughness are arguably his most desirable qualities, but add in his phenomenal leadership, decision-making, and balance between scoring and playmaking, and he should be a priority for a variety of programs. Parson is also a terrific defender with quickness and sharp anticipation instincts. It’s still early in the season but with the numbers he’s putting up on a nightly basis, it would be difficult to imagine anything other than a ton of schools getting involved very soon.”
Since then, Parson has started to gain traction as a Division II priority within the region, including receiving offers from Mount Olive and Winston-Salem State. He’s already shown the ability to run a team at a high level on both ends of the floor and can be featured in multiple different roles. Parson is someone that should only continue to trend upward throughout these next few months and should ultimately end up with five to ten scholarship offers when it’s all said and done.