2006 Focus: Brad Sheehan

There is an abundance of power forwards in the Class of 2006, but centers are never easy to come by - especially ones that play hard and can step out and knock down shots. Brad Sheehan is far from a finished product, but if he keeps developing at his current pace, he'll be a valuable commodity.

Usually, guys approaching 7-feet aren't lacking for exposure. Not when they give consistent effort and have a nice touch.

That's what's been somewhat surprising about 6-foot-10, 200-pound Brad Sheehan.

The Albany Shaker (N.Y.) High rising senior, who averaged 15.5 points, 8.5 boards and a handful of rejections as a junior, has played well so far this spring with Jim Hart's Albany City Rocks program.

There's no question that he could use more bulk to battle some of the big guys from around the country, but Sheehan has more than held his own over the last month or so on the circuit.

``This is the first summer I've really played major AAU ball," Sheehan said. "I used to just play local."

Sheehan, 17, has come a long way in the last few years. As a freshman, he didn't even make the JV squad. Then as a sophomore, he started on the varsity for coach Jeff Holmes.

``He's really grown and his confidence has grown as well," Holmes said. "He's gotten bigger and stronger - and he's got all the tools."

``He's an all-around player and not one of those big guys who just camps out down low," added Holmes. "He's skilled. He can pass, shoot and can finesse and power when he has to. He runs the floor well."

``He is improving by the minute," said Hart, who watched as Sheehan helped lead his club to the title at the Gym Rat Challenge this past weekend. "He has great touch out to the 3-point line. He is working out and getting stronger, and as a result, he is become much more aggressive. He runs the floor as well as anyone his size and has great hands."

If there's another weakness in Sheehan's game other than the fact that he needs to hit the weight room, it's that he needs to assert himself more and become a little more selfish.

Siena coach Rob Lanier offered the 93 student who scored a 1330 on the SAT a scholarship before he was fired. Sheehan said that St. Bonaventure has also offered while Ivy League schools like Cornell, Yale and Columbia are all interested as well. Holmes mentioned that Georgia Tech and Virginia (where Lanier landed as an assistant coach) have also recently expressed interest.

However, Sheehan did admit that nearby Syracuse was his dream school growing up – and he's received increased interest from the Orangemen lately.

``I'm not sure what I want to do yet," Sheehan said. "The Ivy's are a great opportunity because of the education you get. I'm going to take some visits."

``He seems to really like the Ivy's," added Holmes. "He's a real level-headed kid who is looking for the best situation for him."

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