Defense Stopper Important For Hawks

Reporter Mike Sullivan spoke to Bob Rizzo about defense and the importance of Kevin Drew ...

Westchester Hawks head coach Bob Rizzo always knew he had a solid athlete in Kevin Drew. "He's a great lacrosse player," said Rizzo. "That's a very tough sport to play."

So true. Lacrosse is a sport that is physically demanding on every level. So playing basketball endurance wise isn't that tough for someone like Drew, 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds from John Jay High School in Cross River, New York.

"He has all the top schools in lacrosse recruiting him," Rizzo said. "John Hopkins, Syracuse..., he's a tremendous player."

And he is a member of Rizzo's Westchester Hawks AAU program. "He's been with me now for four years," Rizzo said. "He has improved so much as a player too."

Rizzo knows when to spot Drew and utilizes his heart and skills. "He's our defensive stopper," Rizzo said. "He can help us shut down players. He is very energetic and plays hard from each end of the court."

Rizzo added: "He's our number one effort guy. He is so valuable to us. Sometimes you don't see it show up in the scoresheet but we win games because of his effort many times."

Right now, it looks like Drew has a very promising lacrosse team. But in the month of July, Rizzo will count on him in certain situations to help the Hawks win some big basketball games during the evaluation period.

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