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 DJ Boyce of United Faith Christian Academy.

We’ve seen Boyce in all possible settings, recently stating, “In a world where shooters will always have value, Boyce should be a priority for various programs. He’s always been a notable marksman, but it’s easy to see how he’s developed his identity over the years. Boyce is smart, fairly well-rounded guard with a muscular physique and understanding of how to impact the game as an off-ball threat. He’s a solid passer and ball-handler with the ability to convert pull-ups and attack the basket as needed. Boyce also defends and rebounds his position.” Later followed by, “The state has so many notable shooters, which certainly includes Boyce and his ability to fill it up from beyond the arc. He’s a smart, strong guard prospect who actually thrives as an off-ball threat. Boyce is a knockdown shooter off the catch, but also does a nice job of attacking closeouts and creating shots within a few dribbles. He’s a willing passer who understands spacing and shot value. Boyce also defends, rebounds, and gets to his spots in transition. He’s another low-maintenance guy who should appeal to numerous coaches.”

There are several notable shooters in the state, and Boyce is easily among the top grouping. In his senior season for the Falcons, he averaged 13.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 1.0 SPG with 43/39/79 shooting splits. Beyond the raw counting stats and percentages, it’s worth noting that his lofty three-point percentage is accompanied by an equally impressive volume of 7.9 attempts per game. Though Boyce is at his best in spot-up situations, he’s more than comfortable at attacking closeouts and making decisions with the ball in his hands. He’s a useful defender and capable rebounder. Boyce does an excellent job of consistently moving without the ball, getting to his spots in transition, and converting at a strong rate. It’s genuinely perplexing why more college coaches aren’t vying for his services at the next level.