Bishop Loughlin Forward Shines In Florida

Reporter Mike Sullivan reports from Florida after watching the New York City Gauchos ...

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA -- The New York City Gauchos AAU program has been one of the most successful basketball teams over the past couple of decades. The ability to utilize speed and quickness has made this name among the most recognized on the AAU circuit.

But with the great guards you also need quality forwards to win games too. The Gauchos have a quality one in 2009 prospect Trevon Hamlet, 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds.

Hamlet also plays for Bishop Loughlin in the highly competitive New York City Catholic League. While college coaches watching the games the Gauchos played over the past few days wonder why they hadn't heard of him until now, Hamlet seems confident everything is on track for this upcoming season.

"I played some minutes in the last half of the season," said Hamlet. "I plan on being back at Bishop Loughlin this year too."

Hamlet is an energetic forward, one who isn't afraid to challenge more muscular bodies or players that have a few inches on him. Trevon showed at the 16 and under Super Showcase (held inside the Milk House on the grounds of the Wide World of Sports Complex) that he can lift his game against any player.

Trevon did so in playing against one of the country's top prospects from the 2009 class in DeMarcus Cousins, who is about 6-foot-11 and 255 pounds. It was a rough battle for Hamlet but Trevon managed to keep active against this terrific talent. Hamlet finished the game with 20 points.

"He's a great player," Hamlet said. "But you just have to take the ball inside and score, no matter who is out there."

Trevon has two more full seasons on the high school level. He is open in his recruiting process but judging by some of the reactions we saw over the past few days, it's likely that the Loughlin forward will have some college programs interested in his skills.

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