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 2024 Malaki Long from Carolina International.

What Has Been Said:

“He’s a tough, well-rounded guard prospect with a solid motor and clear desire to assert himself as a leader. Long is a useful creator who can generate clean looks for himself and others. That being said, he works well without the ball and understands how to find opportunities as a cutter or spot-up threat. Long offers a rugged, physical defensive presence with sharp instincts and a willingness to outwork opponents. He also rebounds and makes hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his shooting consistency off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Lewis on Long: ‘Malaki is a long, athletic guard who excels getting downhill. Capable perimeter shooter. Defends and rebounds well for his size/position. Improve decision-making and finishing ability.’ Long enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be a target for various college coaches during his upcoming senior season.”

“Long continues to show and produce, as he shows that he can be a valuable piece on the court.  We have seen him plenty of times when he is that team-first type of player, doing what is needed, and running what is needed for the offense. But in a setting like this, he showed more of his scoring ability, creating and attacking.”

More This Season:

Long has continued to be a steady presence on the court at Carolina International, posting averages of 11.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, and 1.8spg. He has continued to be a key piece and leader on the court, continuing to show that he doesn’t always need to be the focal point but can be effective in making plays for himself and others.  Long can make an impact in a variety of areas on both sides of the floor and in a variety of ways. He continues to score inside and out, be a vital playmaker on the court and is one that just finds ways to help his team.