Molock talks commitment

Yesterday afternoon, Dublin Coffman (OH) point guard Kyle Molock made the call, offering up a commitment to Saint Joseph's. Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with Molock about his decision, his game, and his future.

Kyle Molock took an official visit to Saint Joseph's this past weekend with his family, and that visit convinced him that Hawk Hill was the best fit for him. "I had a great deal of interest, but didn't take the visit thinking I was going to commit during," Molock said of his visit.

When asked if there was a specific component that most impressed him, Molock explained that "every aspect" of the visit made a lasting impression. "Coach Martelli is a great coach who has had success with his guards," Molock stated. He went on to add, "I also love the style of play. In practice, I got to see them and I liked how they play pretty open."

Molock elaborated that the current nucleus of players on the team also made an impression on him. "It's a young team, like almost all freshmen and sophomores," Kyle said about the current Hawk squad. "They're young and they're really athletic." This did not go unnoticed, and Kyle said that it made a "big impact" on him.

Next season, Kyle Molock will be joining a team that is scheduled to return every single scholarship player from the 2011-2012 team. He does see himself fitting in nicely with the current team, and finding his role with the team. "I am a flexible person so I will do whatever is needed. I can fill a variety of roles, whatever I need to do."

During his sophomore year of high school, Molock gave a verbal commitment to Purdue. After reopening his recruitment this summer, the Hawks were not the only school that got back involved. According to Molock, "Stanford, Dayton, Wofford, and Eastern Michigan" were the four other schools under serious consideration.

When asked if there was a player that he models his game after, Kyle replied that there wasn't necessarily one particular player. He did say, however, that there is a comparison that he has heard more than once. "Some people say that I remind them a little of Mike Conley…the way that I use change of pace a lot in my game," Molock explained.

In describing his game, Molock said that his strength is in pushing the tempo. "Probably pushing the ball up court and into the lane," Molock said when asked about his strengths. "I can get into the lane and either score at the rim, drop it down to a big, or kick it outside to a shooter," he went on.

This season, Kyle Molock returns to the court at Dublin Coffman with both personal and team goals. He hopes that Dublin Coffman is able to make a run in the state playoffs, explaining that "once we're there we have a chance to beat anyone." On a personal level, his goal is a specific one. "I want to, personally, win the Mr. Basketball Award in Ohio."

On Monday, Kyle Molock became the second member of Saint Joseph's 2012 recruiting class. With his ACL injury now fully behind him, he returns to the court this winter with both team and personal goals. Next season, on Hawk Hill, Kyle will look to establish, and meet, a whole new set of goals.

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