Hurley Looking To Make His Mark

Dan Hurley, a former Rutgers assistant, is in his first year at St. Benedict's in New Jersey. Judging by Hurley's 2001-02 roster, the former Seton Hall point guard is on his way to building another powerhouse high school program in the Garden State.

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Last year, Dan Hurley was an assistant coach at Rutgers. This year, he's a head coach on the high school level and it looks like he's about to take St. Benedict's to another level, much like his father did with the Jersey City (NJ) St. Anthony's program over a decade ago.

Hurley's seen the college side of basketball as a player and a coach, and now thinks he's got a winner on the high school level much like the St. Patrick and St. Anthony's programs. "I think that the school definitely has that capability," Hurley said. "The real difference is the level and tradition in the early stages. St. Pat's and St. Anthony's really had to develop with freshman and take their lumps for a year or two before some of the better grammar school kids started going there. For us, we were able to get some really good older kids who wanted the opportunity."

Don't look for Hurley to be a one-hit wonder at the high school level. He sounds like a coach who is content on working at his job for a long time. "To me, it's real exciting. You are dealing with younger kids. The egos don't play as much a part as they do at the college level. It's a special type of place and not a fly by night place you worry about closing every week. There's a local draw of kids that are going to start coming to the school that haven't been coming."

Here's a partial look at St. Benedict's roster:

  • Mani Messy, 6-7/215, PF/SF, 2002
  • Artie Bowers, 6-4/190, SF/SG, 2003
  • Stanley Branch, 6-7/200, SF, 2004
  • Keving Palacios, 6-6/215/PF/SF, 2004
  • Eric Hazard, 6-6/215, SF/PF, 2002
  • James Mathis, 6-4/195, SG/SF, 2002
  • Al Ishmael, 6-3, SG, 2002
  • Bashir Mason, PG, 2003

Our prayers are with Hurley who lost a friend in last week's events in New York at World Trade Center.

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