Decision Making Key To Ffrench's Game

Reporter Mike Sullivan has story on Blaise Ffrench of Holy Cross ...

Holy Cross High School head coach Paul Gilvary realizes the importance of having a solid lead guard to lead his team in the highly regarded and very competitive New York City Catholic League. And so far he has been impressed with the progress of Blaise Ffrench's game at the lead guard position.

Ffrench, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound well-built backcourt player, is in charge of making the sound decisions when he handles the rock. He will be a big factor in how successful the Knights are this season.

There had been some interest by Quinnipiac but Tom Moore's basketball program landed solid lead guard James Johnson, also from New York City. Ffrench has mentioned interest in Manhattan and Stony Brook.

Ffrench has the strength to score around the rim against the bigger bodies. It's how he improves in the area of making the right pass to the proper teammate that will indicate the level of improvement in his individual game.

Below is an evaluation put together by Mike Sullivan and Frank Mantesta. Both reporters watched Ffrench play several times at IS8 in the Fall League:

EVALUATION: With limited experience in playing the lead guard slot, Ffrench had a solid junior season. At times, he did suffer from some decisions when handling the pumpkin. But his progress was encouraging to Gilvary and Holy Cross. The lead guard slot is a tough position to learn, especially in such a league like the New York City Catholic League where every night you face a top guard.

Ffrench has great upside to his game too. So it will be interesting to see how much he has progressed over the summer and fall when Blaise handles the ballhandling duties for Holy Cross starting next month.


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