Final Look: St. John The Baptist Guard

Reporters Mike Sullivan and Brian Towey weigh in with their thoughts on Prentice Small ...

It wasn't long ago that reporter Brian Towey spoke and wrote very highly of Prentice Small, an energetic point guard from St. John The Baptist High School in West Islip, New York (Long Island). In fact, there were many that expressed praise for Small's individual game as he was chosen the player of the year in the Long Island Catholic League.

Small, a dynamic, hard-working floor general, will continue his basketball career on the division one level in college. He has given a commitment to Lehigh.

While some colleges may have looked away from Small because he was ... well ... small. But his game was big for most of the year. At 5-foot-8, 165-pounds, Small showed he could score from anywhere on the court.

There are probably some that think Prentice could have gone to a higher level to play college ball. However, Lehigh is an excellent academic school and presents a chance for Prentice to really be appreciated for his individual skills.

Here is Brian Towey's View on Prentice Small's Individual Game: The lefthander showed range on his jumper, quickness to the hole, and speed in the open floor. But what impressed us most was his mindset at the point, his decision-making and poise with the ball.

The native of North Babylon has always shown the ability to get to the rim and confidence in getting his own offense.

Small previously mentioned interest in Central Florida and St. Francis (NY).

*Prentice played with New York Elite on the AAU circuit, coached by Chris Phillips and Eric Jaklitsch. Eric has always been a big fan of Small's and recently expressed positive feelings about Prentice and his future.


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