Prep Profile: Trinity-Pawling

Trinity-Pawling may not boast the big-name player that Bill Casson has had in the past, but the Pride will have plenty of talent to compete this season.

Bill Casson may not have any big names, but the Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) coach likes this year's squad.

There's no Dante Milligan – as he had back in 2002 when the Pride went 23-3 and knocked off eventual Class A champion Worcester Academy (Mass.). There's no Randle Hanke, who is a freshman at Providence this season.

But this year Casson will have plenty of depth – and youth.

``I like the fact that we're going to be deep," Casson said. "We'll play nine or 10 people and for our level, that's somewhat unusual. We have a lot of kids who can play more than one position."

It all starts this season with 6-8, 190-pound senior forward Reid Wittman, an athletic frontcourt guy who is getting interest from the likes of William & Mary, Vermont, American and numerous Ivy League schools.

Scott Draughon, a 5-9, 170-pound junior from the Bronx, will start at the point and he'll be joined by 6-4, 185-pound Harrison High (N.Y.) senior Nick Freidman, who is getting some Patriot League and D-2 interest.

The final two starting spots aren't quite determined, but it's a good bet that 6-8, 225-pound power forward Jamaal Benjamin will earn one of them. Guys like 6-5, 185-pound Ireland native Niall Murphy, a good outside shooter, and 6-6, 195-pound forward Brian Becker, a post-grad who played last season at Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.), should battle for the final spot.

Arguably the team's most talented player, 6-6, 170-pound athletic junior wing Latrell Peeks, could make his way into the starting lineup as well. The New York native is getting preliminary interest from the likes of St. John's, St. Bonaventure and Hofstra. Casson will bring guard Chad Difebbo, who is also the starting quarterback on the football team, off the bench as well as 6-8 sophomore Andre Fuller, ultra-athletic 6-3 junior Martwain Johnson, a track standout, and 6-3 sophomore guard Dan Parker. One concern of Casson's is who will run the show when Draughon is out of the lineup. Another is frontcourt bulk.

``I'm not sure how we'll match up against anyone with real size," Casson added. "We'll be OK, but it's inexperienced size."


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