At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over a 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 under-recruited, and today’s edition will highlight Nigel Vincent of Piedmont Classical.

We’ve seen Vincent countless times, previously stating, “The state of North Carolina is loaded with guards, and Nigel Vincent is quietly soaring under the radar despite his production and sheer consistency over the last calendar year. Between his time with Piedmont Classical and New Light Disciples, it’s easy to see Vincent’s balanced, unselfish approach to the game. He’s a tough, scrappy, well-rounded guard prospect who typically runs the team with the ball in his hands, but is more than comfortable alongside another primary ball-handler. Vincent does a great job of managing the pace, applying constant downhill pressure, and getting his teammates involved. Although he’s a useful scorer, Vincent shows a willingness to do whatever necessary for the betterment of the team. The New Light Disciples had five players average double-digit scoring (including Vincent), which only speaks to his efficiency and understanding of how to work within the team structure. He’s also a reliable defender with quickness and quality instincts. Vincent’s smart, team-oriented identity should entice a variety of next-level coaches. Expect to see an uptick in his recruitment over the coming months.”

It’s difficult to say anything other than positives about Vincent and the team-oriented presence he brings to a team. Although he’s posting nightly averages of 10.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.6 APG, and 1.0 SPG while shooting 52% from the floor, the raw numbers don’t fully encapsulate everything he does to impact a game. Vincent is a tough, unselfish, high-motor guard who displays clear emphasis as a defender and gap-filler on both ends of the floor. He’s not going to look to force the action or do too much, but rather find ways to put his teammates in ideal situations. Vincent’s willingness to make hustle plays and adapt to team needs is such a big part of what makes him so valuable to the Bobcats. There are plenty of places where he could be a difference-maker, so it’ll be interesting to see where Vincent opts to go at the next level.