Senior Prospect From NY Gathers D-1 Interest

Reporter Brian Towey details the individual game of Brandon James and his recruiting process ...

Brandon James, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound power forward and rising senior from Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) High School had a productive stretch during the first half of this month's live period. James showed well at the third session of the Hoop Group Elite camp and at the Hoop Group's team camp, according to Poughkeepsie coach Brian Laffin.

"He had a great Elite camp and a very good team camp," said Laffin. "His best game was against the kid (Rakeem) Christmas (of Philadelphia North Catholic). He had 16 points and 12 rebounds in that game and did a great job of keeping him away from the basket."

James, a lefthander, averaged 13 points and 9.7 rebounds as a junior at Poughkeepsie. Laffin lauds James' toughness around the basket and ability to play within himself.

"He's got a good mid-range game; he can face the basket," said Laffin. "He's a good rebounder and I think he had to guard much bigger players (at the team camp) and he was able to do that because he's strong. I think, also, a big strength for Brandon is that he does have intelligence for the game; he's got a good IQ."

According to Laffin, Boston University, Fordham, Siena, and programs from the NEC, America East, and MAAC have made contact, along with Pace, St. Rose, and New Haven among D-II's. He has not picked up any offers yet.

"I think he has the work ethic to be a Division I player," said Laffin. "I think he'd be a good player in the NEC, in the right MAAC situation. I think his work ethic will help him at the next level."

James is a member of the National Honor Society whom Laffin predicts will qualify easily.

James played with the New York Ravens at the Rumble in the Bronx in June and may travel with the Albany City Rocks to Las Vegas.


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