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 Daniel Fulp of Mount Tabor.
We’ve seen Fulp throughout his progression, including recently at our All-American Camp, where we stated, “Finishing up, we look at a player that continually stands out through his toughness and blue-collar approach, Daniel Fulp. He’s a big, strong-bodied forward/post prospect with a nonstop motor, which tends to make up for his lack of elite size. Fulp possesses great hands, fluidity, and rebounds the ball at a consistent rate on both ends of the floor. He finishes well with either hand and can step out to knock down the midrange jumper when necessary. Fulp simply does the little things and understands how to make his presence felt in a variety of different ways. Next in his development process is working on his ability to handle the ball, as it would make him a tougher assignment for opponents. Coach Johnson on Fulp: “Daniel is your blue-collar workhorse. He plays with great energy and effort on both ends of the floor. With continued work on his endurance, he could have a big-time season at Mount Tabor.” Fulp enjoyed a productive showing at camp, averaging 13 PPG, and should be a major contributor during the upcoming season.”
Like Quest Aldridge, Jakob Moore, Shaylen Woodberry, and numerous others before him, Fulp has been subtly and strategically placed in a leadership role at the perfect time. Coach Muse has a certain way of establishing guys, like Fulp, as major rotation pieces and then thrusting them into driver’s seat once properly seasoned. The slightly undersized forward is an excellent example of this, seeing as how his skillset and blue-collar approach have largely remained the same—yet his production has ascended to completely new heights. As the “guy,” Fulp’s touches have increased and his ability to pose a nightly double-double threat should offer a lot of appeal and intrigue to college coaches. Not only does the tough, unselfish, high-motor forward understand how to control the glass, but he can score in a variety of ways and doesn’t need to dictate the offensive action to make a lasting impact. Fulp is simply a workhorse that would benefit a heavy variety of programs at the next level.