Long Island Prospect Has Some D-1 Looks

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at an individual look at the game of forward prospect Dante Thompson, who is gearing up for a big senior season on Long Island ...

Dante Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward from St. John The Baptist High School in West Islip, New York (Long Island) is a player to keep an eye on this basketball season.

There is a great deal of excitement at St. John The Baptist and with the coaching staff due to the possibilities in Thompson's individual game.

The staff has consistently mentioned a comparision to University of Pittsburgh player J.J. Moore, who previously competed at Brentwood High School before attending prep school last 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.

"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."


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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