Two-Sport Athlete Prepares For D-1 Level

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a detailed look at the individual games of two-sport, student-athlete Anthony Gaffney, who has made a college decision to compete at one of the best academic schools in the country ...

Anthony Gaffney, a 6-foot-2, 192-pound football/basketball prospect from Pennington, New Jersey, said he's averaged over 20 points plus a game over the last few contests for his basketball team.

Recently, Gaffney chose a tough academic school to play football. "I'm going to Princeton," he said.

Anthony has made consistent progress playing the game of basketball and football over the past year. He is currently averaging in double figures in scoring for his prep team.

Anthony is a very good football player though and was recruited to play mainly in this sport. He competed on both sides of the ball in football, reaching the end zone 19 times. He picked off six passes as a defensive back.

PREVIOUS RECRUITING INTEREST FOR FOOTBALL:

Georgetown, William & Mary, Rutgers, Villanova, and Vanderbilt.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

Anthony competed in the Mary Kline Memorial All Star game at the Pennington School in New Jersey on Memorial Day weekend. Anthony scored 13 points. Talent scout Alex Kline discussed Anthony's skill level as a basketball player.

"Anthony will not end up playing basketball at the next level as football is his first passion, however, he is extremely talented," said Kline. "If there's one thing Gaffney can do well, it's attack the rim constantly."

Kline continued: "At 6-foot-2, his athleticism and bounce is ridiculous. If his jumper were to improve dramatically, he could be a division one player easily."

Gaffney has also decided to attend Taft in Connecticut, a prep school, giving himself another year to make progress in his individual games in both football and basketball.

Previously, Anthony had solid senior seasons in both basketball and football for The Pennington School in New Jersey before he decided to go to prep school. He averaged nearly 19 points a game while grabbing nine rebounds per contest as a basketball player at Pennington during his last year there.

WHAT HIS HOOPS AAU COACH MATT PAULS SAID ABOUT ANTHONY GAFFNEY AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER:

His midrange game has improved dramatically. He has been attacking the rim with a vengeance He needs improve his ballhandling and penetrating left.


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