Prep Profile: Holderness School

The Holderness School (N.H.) was a blip on the radar of college coaches - until recently. Now, coach Jamie Gallagher is getting used to big-time schools coming onto his campus.

When Jamie Gallagher and his Holderness (N.H.) team got blown out by 40 points to Brewster Academy late last season, they could have folded. Instead, they did just the opposite.

Holderness ran off seven straight games to end the season 17-7 and capped the year off with a New England title by beating Lawrence Academy in the title game.

A trio of Gallagher's top players will return, including Lithuanian 6-4, 185-pound scorer Martynas Pocius, who had an impressive summer overseas that saw the likes of Kansas, Duke, Utah, Texas and UCLA get involved.

Pocius will be joined by Harlem, N.Y. native Greg Johnson, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior point guard getting looks from James Madison, Hofstra and George Mason and Gerald Carter, a 6-4, 190-pound senior who also hails from New York.

Johnson will need to be more assertive offensively and prove he can knock down the perimeter shot on a consistent basis, but he does a nice job getting into the lane and getting his teammates involved.

Carter, who is getting attention from Hostra, Marist, Binghamton and Toledo, is the team's top defender who is athletic and gets to the basket, but also needs to work on his outside shot. Pocius can score in just about any way, makes good decisions and plays hard all the time.

``We're hoping that our experience will help us," Gallagher said. "I don't know how we'll be inside with the loss of Ryon Howard, but I'm pretty excited to see how we'll do without a legitimate post presence."

``We're going to try and give up two and get three on the other end," Gallagher half-heartingly joked.

A pair of newcomers will likely fill out the starting rotation. One is Pocius' best friend from Lithuania, 6-5 junior sharpshooter Tomas Balcetis, and the other is 6-6 sophomore Matt Tomaszewski from Andover, Mass.

``He doesn't miss – ever," Pocius said of Balcetis. "He's a great outside shooter who just needs to be more aggressive."

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