Jonathon Flynn Makes His Case

Paul Harris gets the pub (and rightfully so), but he isn't the only Niagara Falls standout whose star is on the rise. Johnny Flynn, the 5-foot-10, 165 pound combo guard out of the class of 2007 who shares the backcourt with Harris in both high school and AAU settings, has begun to make his pitch to as a high major prospect, and it's quite a persuasive one.

Flynn played a critical, if unheralded role in Niagara Falls High School's New York State Federation championship run this winter, and he's been nothing short of a key cog for Jeff Bishop's GC Ballers team in AAU play.

A diminutive but slippery backcourt player, Flynn wields a terrific feel, strong court sense, and the ability to zip past defenders off the dribble. He changes gears, draws the defense only to shovel passes off to teammates, and is speedy in the open floor. He's also confident shooting the rock. In short, one of the Western New York's best kept secrets is seeping out.

The ABCD camp was a nice starting point for Flynn's summer run. Initially apprehensive, Flynn felt that he acquitted himself well against a high caliber of competition, and it's only fed his confidence.

"I'm not going to lie," said Flynn. "Coming into the camp, I was almost doubting myself. But it gives you a real confidence booster going in and showing that I can compete against these guys."

It's early yet for Flynn in terms of recruiting, but it's a fair bet to say that some high major coaches will be giving him and his teammates a fair bit of attention in the coming weeks. He's gotten some early feelers from the major conferences.

"I've heard from Syracuse, Providence, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia, and Virginia Tech," said Flynn. "A lot of mid-major schools have offered me."

A local program weighs heavily on his mind..

"My dream school is Syracuse," said Flynn. "But if that doesn't work out, I'd like to go to the Big East or the ACC."

Flynn was one of the linch pins in the Ballers' capturing of the Summer Classic East championship on Tuesday at Fairleigh Dickinson. They already swiped top honors at the Rumble in the Bronx back in June. Flynn was also outstanding at the Rumble in the Bronx. And remember, while Harris is playing with the GC Ballers, Flynn has also been impressing the Syracuse coaching staff.

Next up for Flynn and the Ballers is the Playaz Ball at Seton Hall University on July 14th and 15th. Beyond that they'll hit the Super 64 Tourney in Las Vegas, and follow that up with the Best of Summer Tournament in California. This website will have coverage of the event at Seton Hall as well as Vegas and California coverage.

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