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 Jacob Hukins of NRCA.
We’ve seen Hukins throughout his progression over the years, including at our NC 150 camp, where we stated, “Next, we look at a player that simply knows how to make a strong impact with any group of teammates, Jacob Hukins Jr. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard prospect with the ability to play either backcourt position while containing his assignment, making plays for others, and scoring from all three levels. Hukins is a reliable penetrator with vision, craftiness, and an unselfish approach on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would likely make him an even more consistent spot-up threat. Coach Bernardi on Hukins: “Jacob made multiple elite passes in which he showcased great skill and feel. He played hard the entire day with purpose and aggressiveness on both ends. He showcased an ability to score on all three level with his willingness to be aggressive. Playing for a great high school team and coach with multiple high-level players, Jacob will be a huge asset. He can get more consistent with his jumper, which could improve with better shot selection. I’m super excited about Jacob as a long-term prospect.” Hukins was impressive throughout camp and has all the tools to continue tracking as a next-level prospect going forward.”
Despite somewhat of an up-and-down season, Hukins still has all the appeal of a very reliable guard at the college level. He’s smart, unselfish, and can actively adapt to whatever a team needs from him. Hukins built his foundation as scorer but has transitioned nicely into a well-rounded guard with the ability to effectively operate from either backcourt position. He’s an efficient scorer, steady defender, and capable leader, which allows him to expand his production as needed. Hukins sets up others well but also does a great job of seizing available scoring opportunities whenever possible. He’s also strong in the open floor, both with and without the ball, and should warrant plenty of attention at the next level.