At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over a 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 under-recruited, and today’s edition will highlight David Peral of Mount Tabor. 

We’ve seen Peral showcase visible growth over the recent months, stating, “Various players have shown progression within this Spartan roster, but Peral’s growth has been truly unbelievable. Since the start of the travel ball season, arguably no player has improved more. He’s a scrappy, low-maintenance big man who understands how to play hard, do the dirty work, and outplay his assignment on both ends of the floor. Peral effectively finishes, rebounds, protects the rim, and runs the floor in transition. Various college programs should be in pursuit.” Later followed by,“As stated countless times throughout the course of the event, David Peral has improved drastically over the recent months and should now be viewed as a priority for various programs at the next level. Between his size, motor, and unselfish mentality, Peral is able to outwork opponents with relative ease. He doesn’t necessarily require a ton of offensive touches to make a lasting impression, but can finish with touch or above the rim whenever available. Peral alters shots extremely well and is capable of controlling the glass on either end of the floor. His low-maintenance game should appeal to various coaches.”

Since then, Peral has been nothing short of excellent for the Spartans of Mount Tabor. He’s a steady two-way big man who displays a high motor, unselfish approach, and clear understanding of how to finish, alter shots, and rebound his position. Peral moves well for his size, both when recovering defensively and running the floor in transition, and doesn’t shy away from physical play. He doesn’t look to force the action nor does he necessarily require a ton of touches to make a consistent impact. However, Peral can expand his production as needed. His scoring arsenal out of the post is still developing, but it’s easy to see the flashes of a reliable interior scorer. Add in his useful presence as a lob-threat and finisher from dump-off passes, and it’s easy to appreciate everything Peral brings to the table. Expect college coaches to start getting more involved over these next few months.