The Unsung Hero

Ask anybody in New Jersey who the top teams in the state are and it won't take long for them mention Bloomfield Tech.

In addition to local recognition, they are getting some national attention as well with some publications ranking them among the top teams in the East prior to the start of the season. To most people who closely follow Bloomfield Tech the undisputed leaders of the team are West Virginia bound Desean Butler, a very athletic 6'6 wingman and 6'10 Villanova bound Casiem Drummond.

So far this season they have done very little to disappoint those who placed such high expectations on them by cruising to a 14-1 record with their only loss coming to St. Benedicts. While Butler and Drummond usually receive the majority of praise, the unsung hero who keeps the tempo going is a sophomore guard by the name of Richard Hall.

RJ, as he's affectionately known has come to accept his role as distributor and facilitator of the offense. As a student of the game he is clearly aware that the percentages increase each time he gets the ball to Butler and Drummond in ideal scoring situations. Not an easy task for a young player who came in heralded as one of the nation's premier guards as an eight grader, but RJ is more than up for the challenge.

"I want to play in college, and I realize that I need to do whatever I can to help my team win."

Don't let the humble side fool you, RJ has a deadly jump-shot, good court vision and handles the ball well with both hands. Expect these skills to continue developing since RJ is a gym rat who loves to work on the weak areas of his game. I have had the pleasure of rebounding many of his jump-shots as well as over-seeing many intense work-out sessions. As we continue to train, look for RJ to develop more strength and explosive speed.

His hard-work and dedication was recently on display as he had to step up and make some key plays in a recent hard-fought victory over rival Science High School (Newark, NJ #6).

Apparently I'm not the only one who has noticed his development. We talked colleges the other day and he mentioned those who have expressed interest as well as those who he is interested in. Let's just say that some ACC and Big East Coaches have been doing their job well and some haven't been doing their job so well.

Stay tuned, this prospect won't stay unsung much longer.

For Highlights of RJ and Bloomfield Tech Click: Highlight Film

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