Molock back in action

In mid-October, Saint Joseph's got an important verbal commitment from Ohio point guard Kyle Molock. Molock played his first high school game in over a year on Saturday. Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with one of his coaches this afternoon to get an update on the athletic lead guard.

After missing all of last season with a torn ACL, Dublin Coffman (OH) senior point guard Kyle Molock returned to the hardwood on Saturday evening. Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Dublin Coffman assistant coach Jamie Pearson this afternoon and got a scouting report on Molock.

"Although he had been playing well in practices and scrimmages, there's nothing like when the lights go on," explained Pearson on Molock's first game back. Molock had 17 points and 5 assists on Saturday, despite sitting most of the second quarter with foul trouble. That performance helped propel Dublin Coffman to a one-point win, 58-57 over Perrysburg.

Coach Pearson also spoke about what Kyle brings to this year's Dublin Coffman squad and what he should bring with him to Hawk Hill next fall. According to Pearson, all of Kyle's success begins with his work ethic. "He is the hardest-working athlete I've ever worked with in 13 years," Pearson explained. As a result of that work ethic, Kyle already possesses a college-ready body.

Pearson said that, due to his diligence in the weight room, Kyle "looks like a grown man and has the highest vertical on our team." In addition to his strength and leaping ability, Pearson also highlighted Kyle's quickness. "It's almost like he's at a different speed than everyone else," Pearson began. "At time, watching him is like watching a video game."

When asked what Kyle's strengths were, Pearson stated that there were two areas that stood out to him. "First is his ability to get to the rim," Coach Pearson said. "That's an area that's really improved. Also, his ability to pass the basketball," he continued. "If you're open, he will find you."

While Kyle has impressed his coaches thus far this year with his play, that's not what has Coach Pearson most excited. "As good as he is, there is still so much room for him to get better," Pearson reasoned. "Kyle is this good right now, but he knows that he needs to get better and he wants to be coached."

Kyle Molock is part of a three-man class in 2012 for the Hawks. Molock joins 6'7 Baltimore forward Isaiah Miles and 6'8 German big Javon Bauman. With no seniors on the roster, the Hawks are also slated to return every player from this year's roster.

Due to Coach Phil Martelli's penchant for running three guard sets, and the fact that the Hawks only have three guards currently earning notable playing time, the stage is set for Kyle Molock to earn minutes next year on Hawk Hill. His passing ability, quickness, strength, and ability to get to the rim should give him the opportunity to battle it out next fall for minutes on Hawk Hill.

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