Player Profile: Kyle Molock

One of the most talked-about players on Saint Joseph's roster has yet to play in a single game for the Hawks. Today, Hawk Hill Hardwood profiles 6'2 freshman point guard Kyle Molock, who will be suiting up for the Hawks this season after taking a medical redshirt a year ago.

Much has been written about redshirt freshman point guard Kyle Molock over the past year-plus. Early on in his high school career, Kyle made a verbal commitment to Matt Painter and the Purdue Boilermakers. Two ACL injuries in high school, and then one on Hawk Hill last summer, later, Molock is working his way back onto the court.

"We're still not sure where we are with Kyle," St. Joe's assistant coach Dave Duda told Hawk Hill Hardwood. "He's just beginning to practice without restrictions, as of October 14th."

Molock, who took a medical redshirt last year after graduating from Dublin Coffman (OH), did not play with the team on their August trip to Italy. His road to recovery has been a somewhat rocky one, and Coach Duda spoke about how Kyle is still acclimating both mentally and physically to being back on the floor.

"Each day will be a step in his confidence growing to where he is comfortable with pushing himself a little more," Duda stated.

What exactly will the Hawks be getting from a healthy Kyle Molock? On a team where the biggest question mark is depth in the backcourt, Molock's health is a pivotal factor when discussing this year's Hawk squad. Kyle missed his entire junior season at Dublin Coffman after tearing his ACL in his left knee. Kyle rehabbed then played eight games as a senior before tearing the ACL in his right knee. It's that right knee that he re-tore last summer during off-season workouts at SJU.

While it's been a tough road for Molock, the coaches are in the same boat as his teammates and Hawk fans, rooting for his success. "We're all rooting for him to just enjoy being back on the floor," said Duda. "If healthy, he has the talent to make a contribution."

St. Joe's has a pre-season all-league shooting guard in Langston Galloway. They have a point guard in Chris Wilson who made strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons, and will likely take another step forward in his development this year.

Beyond those two, the Hawks have Evan Maschmeyer who can play spot minutes at both guard positions, and then DeAndre Bembry who can possibly steal some minutes at the two.

If Kyle Molock is able to give Phil Martelli and the Hawks good, productive, healthy minutes this season, it will provide a major boost. Only three days into practicing without restrictions, Kyle's freshman year lies ahead. Coaches, teammates, and fans alike anxiously wait to see what that freshman year brings.

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