Area Forward Prospect Worth Watching

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a free look at the individual game of Long Island based prospect Dante Thompson, who is hoping to produce a great season and attract more division one interest in his skill level ...

Dante Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward prospect from St. John The Baptist High School in West Islip, New York (Long Island) is a prospect worth watching this season as he tries to impress college coaches with his ability to score from the wing position.

St. John The Baptist head coach Jim Plate has been very excited about the possibility that Dante will produce a bunch of points this season and help his team win some basketball games.


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 the state of with only one year playing experience.

"So he has a tremendous upside to his game. He's working hard and learning very quickly.He soaks in everything he is taught. When he first got here I gave him a tape of our game with Brentwood and JJ Moore (now at the University of Pittsburgh -- Big East Conference) and told him this is who you could be like. He is getting close."


Dante can beat his defenders down the court with his quickness and hard work. He shoots the long range jumper effectively. The areas he's been focusing on has been defense and his ballhandling. If he shows some consistency from the wing slot on the offensive side of the ball, it's likely there'll be several schools that will watch him carefully.

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