Long Island Prospect Has Division One Looks

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game of basketball player Dante Thompson, who is competing for St. John The Baptist High School in West Islip, New York this season ...

Dante Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward, has the coaches at St. John The Baptist High School in West Islip, New York (Long Island) excited about having the 16-year-old part of their basketball program this season.

Head coach Jim Plate has spoken very highly of what he expects of the senior prospect, comparing him to some of the better players who have recently played on Long Island.

J.J. Moore was a name that easily came to mind for Plate, who felt the University of Pittsburgh swingman is a favorable comparison for Thompson's individual game.

WHAT JIM PLATE SAID ABOUT DANTE THOMPSON'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

"He is the most athletic kid we have had at St. John the Baptist," said Plate. "Dante transferred to us as a junior from Florida with only one year playing experience."

"He works extremely hard and soaks in everything he is taught," added Plate. "When he first got here I gave him a tape of our game with Brentwood and JJ Moore and told him this is who you could be like. He is getting close."

DESCRIPTION OF DANTE THOMPSON'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

Dante runs the floor with speed and purpose. He shoote the deep ball effectively too. "He has been working very hard on his handle with Coach Kevin Foley," said Plate. "This young man has a tremendous upside."


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