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 Taky Prosper of Oak Ridge Military Academy.

We saw Prosper several times over the summer, as our own Patrick O’Brien stated, “And now we have had multiple occasions to start the summer to watch the forward in action and he is still one that brings intrigue with his game. Once again, he is one that is still developing but he shows flashes of what he could be.  Prosper brings size, brings a physical presence, understands his presence on the boards, and plays with a motor.  The 6’7 prospect also shows that he can finish strong at the rim and can create havoc defensively.” Later followed by, “Heading in North Carolina, Prosper is a 6’7 forward that goes under the radar big time here in North Carolina but from what we saw this past summer, he should have more attention from college coaches. Strong, physical, and a developing game, Prosper can offer a lot but also be that physical presence to man the paint but at times can operate from other levels. If you want to learn more about what we saw.”

Since then, Prosper has enjoyed a highly productive senior campaign. He’s currently averaging 16.7 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.3 BPG, and 1.7 SPGA while shooting 60% from the floor and 74.5% from the line. Prosper is a physically imposing forward who utilizes his length, motor, and toughness to consistently cause problems. He finishes well around the basket, both above and below the rim, and runs the floor properly in transition. Prosper consistently boxes out, secures rebounds, and converts on second-chance opportunities on a regular basis. He’s a great teammate and team-first player who simply knows how to outwork opponents on both ends of the floor. Prosper continues to trend up and has the tools to be a potential gem for college coaches to pursue.