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 Jaden Lyles of Rocky River.

We’ve seen Lyles numerous times over the years, previously stating, Next, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the most productive and reliable camper on this team, Jaden Lyles. He’s a tough, smart, well-rounded guard prospect with excellent penetration and finishing abilities. Lyles led by example in all facets of the game, proving to be an unselfish, high-motor captain from start to finish. He outworked his assignment on both ends, set up others whenever possible, and rose up whenever his team needed. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Layman on Lyles: “Jaden pushes the ball really well in transition. He possesses an explosive first step and has the ability to get to the rim and make acrobatic finishes. Jaden does a really good job of beating the first defender, engaging a second (and even third) defender and finding open teammates. He has good handles and shifty moves. Jaden puts pressure on the opposing defense in transition. He’s a great on-ball defender with good IQ. Jaden also communicates and provides a lot of energy. He can continue to work on his jumper.” Lyles proved to be a major asset during his time at camp and should be able to emerge as an asset sooner than later for Rocky River.”

Since then, Lyles has only further solidified himself as a college-worthy prospect. He’s a tough, physical guard prospect with a strong penetration sense and downhill ability. Lyles is a useful creator with a solid handle, vision, and understanding of how to create for himself or others. He’s quick enough to break down opponents, touch the paint, and finish or pull up from midrange. Lyles can also knock down jumpers from beyond the arc and move without the ball. He battles well defensively, forces turnovers at a nice rate, and knows how to push the break in transition. Lyles has the tools to be a useful piece for the right program.