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 Trey Pittman of Greenfield and WBC Elite.
There are so many different ways for players to be effective in the current age of basketball. The most prominent is simply working to impact the game in every possible way, which describes Pittman extremely well. Although it can look somewhat unorthodox at times, Pittman is a major part of Greenfield’s success and overall game plan. He plays alongside four guards and is tasked with manning the middle on a nightly basis. While most players would object or complain, Pittman really embraces his identity on both sides of the ball. He plays hard, displays IQ, touch, and toughness but has also expanded his offensive arsenal at a steady rate over the last few years. Pittman has continually increased his comfort level and overall effectiveness as a ball-handler, perimeter shooter, and all-around passing. He makes up for a slight lack of athleticism with instincts, positioning, and a nonstop motor.
We’ve been fortunate enough to see Pittman’s growth and undeniable production over the last few years, including at various Phenom 150 Camps, where we most recently stated: “Finishing up, we look at a player that simply knows how to stand out as the glue-guy with any group of teammates, Trey Pittman. He’s a wiry, skilled, high-motor forward prospect that truly knows how to do it all on the court. Pittman is somewhat unassuming but consistently fills up the stat sheet, regardless of setting or opponent. He can reliably handle, pass, and shoot the ball but also does great job of making his presence felt as a two-way rebounder. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would only make him tougher to contain inside the paint. Coach Johnson on Pittman: “Trey is a complete player. He shoots the three-pointer very consistently on the catch or off the dribble. He often wins his matchup off the bounce because of his size and who is matched up against him. He’s a three-level scorer that can defend multiple positions and rebounds the ball at an elite level. D2s should be all over this kid. College coaches, Trey is a must-see. He’s a tremendous team player as well with communication skills.” Pittman is simply a winner and player that can mesh with any group of teammates, which should lead to an uptick in his recruitment during the upcoming season.”
Pittman has epitomized the role of a glue-guy and simply knows how to elevate a team on both sides of the ball. He’s a great teammate and someone who has proven himself against all levels of opponents on all types of stages. His recruitment is certainly perplexing, given his production and what he brings a team on both sides of the ball. Pittman has all the tools to have success at a variety of different levels and will ultimately make some coach very happy.