New England Schools, Others Chase Rocco

Scout.com reporter Brian Towey of the high school New York/New Jersey website details the recruiting progress of Molloy hoops player Rocco Rubino ...

During July, Rocco Rubino took the unconventional route. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior shooting guard from Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens had run on the AAU circuit in summers past with the Metro Hawks, but this time around, wanted something a bit different. That translated into a hodge-podge of camps and live period events, some a bit off the proverbial beaten path.

"I had done AAU in the past, travelled across the country and all of that," said Rubino. "But I didn't want to do that this summer. I just wanted to workout and play ball. I played a lot of street ball, played in tournaments in Brooklyn. I just wanted to concentrate on playing."

First was the second session of the Eastern Invitational Camp. Rubino earned a spot in the 21-40 all-star game, showing his ability to shoot from the perimeter. Later in the month he participated in the Empire State Games in Rochester, leading the New York City scholastic team to the gold medal for the second straight year.

There were no major AAU events on the docket in July. For Rubino, no worries.

"I wasn't concerned about exposure because I knew that I'd still have my whole senior season to play," said Rubino.

Rubino caught a bad break when he broke his right hand in September, preventing him from working out in front of coaches during the month.

Rubino will be the featured guy for Coach Jack Curran's Stanners this winter. He is a scorer by trade, a wiry jumpshooter who can drop down shots from the perimeter, shoot it off the bounce, and get into the lane for pull-ups.

Rocco was the fourth leading scorer in the rugged CHSAA AA Division last winter at 17.2 points per game, with a high of 28 against Rice. Rubino will have to shoulder most of the scoring load this season now that his former partner in crime in the Stanner backcourt, Milan Prodanovic, is a freshman at Iona.

"My role will be similiar to last year: (provide) scoring, and guarding the other team's best player," said Rubino. "We're probably going to start four seniors this year. We'll be pretty tough."

The native of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will likely benefit from being seen in a high school setting by college coaches. He's not a player who is going to grab you physically (still needs to get stronger), and his game is a bit unorthodox. However, he's a proven scorer against a high level of competition.

Rubino has picked up an offer from a Division II power in New England, and he's received feelers from elsewhere.

"Stonehill has offered me," said Rubino. "I took an official visit there last week. New Hampshire, Boston University, and George Mason have shown interest. Those are the schools that are talking to me right now.

"If I find a school I'm comfortable with, I'll sign before the season," Rubino added. "Mostly likely, I'll sign after the season."

Rubino carries a B average at academically competitive Molloy.


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