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 Jordan Yarrell of John Paul II and Team Trezz.
There’s a lot to appreciate about versatility and players that can do multiple different things on the court. Being able to make plays without needing to be the star is undeniably valuable, and that’s something Yarrell can claim. He’s long, wiry, and understands how to operate effectively with or without the ball in his hands. Yarrell is a useful rebounder, offensive initiator, and defender with the ability to force turnovers and score from inside the arc. He’s proven to be a quality teammate with unselfishness and a team-first approach on both ends of the floor.
We wrote a player profile on Yarrell in November, stating: “John Paul II Catholic has a prospect that has been flying a little under the radar and Phenom Hoops wants to shed a little light. 2020 6’4 Jordan Yarrell has been putting in the hard work and countless hours and it seems to be paying off. He has the tools that coaches are looking for, as he can score on all three levels on the floor, he has excellent footwork, and plays with a high IQ.
We first watched Yarrell back in 2016 at the Phenom 150 camp, when we said, “Jordan is a tough guard that does a little bit of everything on the basketball court. He plays with great energy and intensity at all times. He is the ultimate team guy that does all the little things for a basketball team to be successful.”He has continued to impress us over the years and now is one of the top players for his team at John Paul II Catholic. Our own Miles Masercola had this to say after watching him just a few weeks ago at the high school Jamboree, saying:
“This John Paul Catholic squad is loaded with shooters and scrappy defenders, but Jordan Yarrell continues to show why he’s the best prospect among the bunch. The 6’4 2020 guard is a versatile backcourt piece with his ability to make shots off the catch or dribble while also possessing good vision and passing ability. He’s a scholarship worthy prospect that will be tasked with leading this team over the course of the season.””
Yarrell has continued his steady play since then, averaging 12.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 4.2 APG, and 1.8 SPG and has been among the leading two-way players for John Paul II. There’s plenty to like about his game, especially if he continues progressing over the next few years. Yarrell could certainly be a prospect for college coaches to take a chance on within the coming months.