Long Island Prospect Hopes For D-1 Looks

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game of a swingman prospect who competes on Long Island at St. John The Baptist High School in West Islip, New York ...

Dante Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward prospect from St. John The Baptist High School in West Islip, New York (located on Long Island) is a player to watch over the next several months as he hopes to attract division one interest in his recruiting process.

His head coach, Jim Plate, has been very positive about the individual game of Thompson, the possibilities of him as a division one college basketball player.


Plate has always 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 over the past several seasons.

"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 Florida 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 J.J. 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 with his size on the offensive side of the ball, he will generate division one interest in his skill level.

Scout NY Preps Top Stories