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 the Carolinas 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 Colin Rodrigues of North Augusta and Big Shots Elite (SC).
We’ve seen Rodrigues numerous times, including at our most recent Top 80, where we stated, “Next, we look at a player that is consistently one of the most explosive all-around prospects in the gym, Colin Rodrigues. He’s a strong, tough, athletic guard prospect with a phenomenal motor and the ability to overwhelm opponents on either end of the floor. Rodrigues possesses a quick first step and applies nonstop pressure as a transition force and downhill penetrator, where he’s able to finish above or through nearly any amount of contact. He also rebounds at a strong rate and possesses quality defensive tools. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find even more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach English on Rodrigues: “Colin is a high-energy player that brings 100% every time he plays. He plays above the rim and is good in the open court. He’s very athletic and finishes well at the rim. Colin can shoot the midrange jumper very well. He is very shifty and changes speeds well.” Rodrigues continues to solidify himself as an obvious talent at the next level and should see an uptick in his recruitment over the next calendar year.”
At this point, there should be no doubts about Rodrigues and his abilities on the hardwood. He’s a strong, powerful, explosive athlete with the necessary size and body to absorb contact around the basket as a finisher. Rodrigues can run a team quite effectively or operate without the ball, where he’s proven capable of applying excellent scoring pressure from all three levels. He’s tough, defends with purpose, and forces turnovers at a strong rate—which often leads to transition play. For whatever reason, Rodrigues has been continually doubted by college coaches over the last year. That being said, he should be extremely productive wherever he ultimately decides to further his playing career.