East Coast Guard's Hard Work Pays Off

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free, detailed look at the summer progress and success of East Coast guard Dylan Moody, who competed this past summer for Team Phenom ...

Hard work always pays off. It's what Team Phenom coach Paul Gripper has preached for many years. And he was proven accurate again in the case of Dylan Moody, a 5-foot-10, 166-pound gritty guard prospect from Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

Moody worked very hard and made significant progress in his game over the past year, according to Gripper of the Team Phenom AAU team out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dylan played with Team Phenom this summer too, showcasing his increased level of skills from the guard slots. And it paid off with an offer from FDU. Gripper confirmed Moody will play with this year's FDU division one basketball program.

"He's going to join FDU for the 2011-2012 season," said a proud Gripper, whose AAU program continues to send players to the division one level.

Here are some of his best games over the summer for Dylan Moody:

Moody scored all of his 13 points in the key second half, helping Team Phenom to the Silver category championship at the Bigshots tournament held in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Dylan scored 10 points in a second round loss in a tournament held in Arizona. His AAU team, Team Phenom of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lost 71-68, to the Texas Assault in the Desert Duel.

In addition, Moody came off a very successful season in the 2010-2011 basketball season by making progress in all aspects of his individual game. This led to an even better summer evaluation period for Dylan.

WHERE DYLAN MOODY MADE THE MOST INDIVIDUAL PROGRESS IN HIS BASKETBALL GAME:

Dylan improved in the area of leadership, showing he has the mental skill level handle an offense and make smart choices when directing his team.

Moody averaged over nine points per game and also produced four assists per contest.

DYLAN MOODY'S BEST PERFORMANCES DURING THE 2010-2011 SEASON FOR AFS:

Dylan produced 11 points and five assists in one of his best efforts of the season, helping his boy's basketball team defeat Shipley. He did not have one turnover too, showing the marked improvement in his lead guard skills.

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE:

Dylan scored eight points and had four assists to help his high school team defeat Trenton Catholic, 59-48.

Dylan also had three rebounds and one steal. This was an average type of game for Dylan Moody this past season.

THOUGHTS ABOUT DYLAN MOODY'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

Dylan is a hard worker, competes effectively on both ends of the court, utilizing speed and quickness. He uses his fast hands to get steals.

THOUGHTS ON DYLAN MOODY FROM THE COACHING STAFF AT AFS AS WELL AS HIS AAU TEAM:

"He is a very good shooter, possessing good speed. He's also a very capable defender.

"Dylan does a great job with on the ball defense and this allows Gripper to get his hands in the passing lane, leading to more steals."

PREVIOUS RECRUITING INTEREST: Monmouth, St. Francis of New York, and NJIT had expressed recruiting interest at one time.


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