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 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 Shaylen Woodberry of Mount Tabor.
There’s somewhat of an underrated feel with Mount Tabor this season, as no one was really talking about them until after their first loss (coming to Parkland). Their roster is as talented as ever but it still lacks the coinciding recruitment for the players within the regime. Despite being the son of a Division I coach, this also applies to Woodberry, who has been phenomenal all season long. The southpaw has to be regarded as one of the top pure shooters in the state of North Carolina. He knocks down three-point attempts like layups but can also create effectively off the dribble to pull-up from midrange or attack the basket. Woodberry is simply a smart, team-first guard with a clear two-way identity, which is part of what should make him so appealing.
We’ve been fortunate enough to see Woodberry multiple times this season, including in their season-opener against Winston-Salem Prep, where we stated: “There has been a lot of improvement on this roster over the last calendar year, but no addition has been more valuable than Woodberry. The son of Steve Woodberry at Wake Forest, we first saw the lefty shooter at our Phenom 150 camp in Raleigh and he’s only gotten better since then. Woodberry is long, wiry, and shoots the ball at an incredible clip from midrange and beyond the arc. That being said, he also attacked the basket and showcased the ability to make plays for others quite regularly. Woodberry knocked down shots off the catch and bounce, but also stood out on the defensive end. He was excellent in transition, particularly on defense, and was able to stop multiple fast breaks with his effort. Scholarship-holding coaches should be fighting hard for this one.”
With shooting at such an incredibly high premium, it’s honestly unbelievable to think that Woodberry still holds no offers and very little traction within his recruitment. He has a college-ready game and skillset that could legitimately be of use to all types of programs. Combine his upside, current talent level, physical attributes, and basketball background, and it feels like Woodberry should at least hold ten or so offers. There’s really no rhyme or reason to justify his recruitment so far but with as many scholarship-holding programs within the region, it would be impossible to imagine Woodberry falling through the cracks.