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 Treyvon Byrd of Bull City Prep.
We’ve written about Byrd countless times, including at our most recent NC Top 80, where we stated, “Continuing onto a player who typically stands out as the most explosive athlete in any gym, Treyvon Byrd. He’s an extremely long, athletic wing/forward prospect with the ability to consistently thrive in transition. Byrd displays IQ, energy, and unselfishness, which allows him to reliably make an impact within the flow of the action. He’s excellent at finishing above the rim, both as a penetrator and in the open floor, and shows no fear of any defender in his path. Byrd also highlighted effective moves out of the post, quality passing vision, and the ability to knock down the occasional midrange jumper as needed. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would simply make him a nightmare for opponents to contain. Coach Bates on Byrd: “Treyvon was very solid today. Athletic wing who thrives in transition and can see the floor pretty well. He made the right reads and passes. Jumper has some room for improvement, as he shoots a knuckleball.” Byrd proved to be an asset at camp and should have a very productive upcoming season at Bull City Prep. “
Since then, Byrd has only continued to showcase a ton of physical tools and clear long-term upside on both ends of the floor. He’s extremely long, wiry, and explosive with the ability to thrive in the open court and aggressively attack the rim whenever possible. Byrd is a capable cutter and consistently finds ways to put himself in a position to finish, but can also penetrate effectively with the ball in his hands. He’s also shown the ability to knock down the occasional jumper while making his presence felt as a defender and rebounder. Byrd regularly utilizes his length to jump into passing lanes and force turnovers, which often lead to easy transition buckets. Various schools have recruited him, so it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up at the next level.