Molloy Soph Forward Could Have Big Year

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses his views on the game of Ashton Pankey ...

The game of basketball has changed dramatically over the past three decades. But one consistent and important factor for Archbishop Molloy basketball hasn't change. And that is the coaching skills of legendary coach Jack Curran are still involved in the Stanners incredible basketball history.

So when discussing the Stanners and their players, obviously the influence of Curran is an important factor. This season Molloy will be tough to beat. They have an energetic backcourt and a big man who is likely to show many why we believe here he is a division one college player down the road.

Ashton Pankey, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward, is only a sophomore. But he showed some glimpses of being a solid player for Molloy last season as a freshman. "I will probably get more playing time this season with players leaving," Pankey said.

Well, if Pankey works hard, he would deserve more time. And he can play. He had some solid games at IS8 in the Fall League. And Molloy always plays a tough schedule. So Pankey should be tested this season as a sophomore.

Pankey is open in his recruiting process but he recently told reporters Mike Sullivan and Frank Mantesta that his early interest include St. John's, St. Francis, Penn State, Hofstra, Seton Hall, and Connecticut. It's early in his process but Pankey is worth watching this season.

His long arms will help his grab loose balls and score around the rim with bigger bodies. As he adds some muscle to his frame, Pankey will score more consistently. "I am trying to add more strength," he said.

Below is an evaluation report by Frank Mantesta sprinkled in by Mike Sullivan's thoughts as well on Pankey's individual game:

Ashton has a world of talent and potential to be a big time college player. It's likely that Pankey will receive plenty of college offers if he shows he can score consistently around the rim by the time he is a senior at Molloy.

Pankey seems agile enough in the post to create some scoring opportunities. If this part of his game continues to progress, Pankey will be a high division one player.

Pankey has mentioned Syracuse and Florida as schools he is extremely interested in to consider for his college choice. These are certainly high division one programs. He has a lot of work to do to get to that level. But after watching him several times and having three more years on the high school level, he can achieve that goal.

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