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 Deng Atak of Freedom Christian.
We’ve seen Atak various times with New Light Disciples, previously stating, “After watching him with New Light Disciples throughout the summer, it became increasingly clear that Deng Atak should be receiving a lot more attention from scholarship-level coaches. He’s a strong, skilled, well-rounded guard prospect with quality feel and leadership by example. Atak is able to get downhill and finish through contact or above the rim, but also displays creation instincts and the ability to apply scoring pressure from the perimeter. He’s a capable passer with the understanding of how to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Atak also stands out as a defender and rebounder, regularly outworking his assignment and pushing transition play whenever possible. Though somewhat under the radar to college coaches, he has all the makings of a breakout candidate.”
Since then, Atak has returned to his travel team to reaffirm his abilities as a definite next-level player. He’s a strong, downhill guard with quality size, skill, athleticism, and the necessary adaptability to operate in various different roles. Atak is a useful defender and capable rebounder with the ability to grab rebounds or force turnovers and immediately push the break in transition. He shoots the ball well from the perimeter, but is arguably at his best when getting downhill and attacking the basket. Atak makes smart decisions with the ball and can set up others as needed. There’s a lot to like about his overall game, and college coaches should take notice.