So it's encouraging to see players like Tommy Bannon, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard/small forward from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey receive recognition for his classroom work and his on the court success.
Bannon has three years to continue his progress as a basketball player too. Tommy is a sophomore, a member of the 2011 class. NJABC coach Matt Paul thinks that Tommy will have the big time academic schools certainly watching him over the next few years.
"He's a deadly three-point shooter who continues to get stronger and is a tough defender and rebounder for his size," said Paul. Paul added: "Tommy is a very hard worker and is someone who will be a great wing as his ballhandling improves."
His 4.0 grade point average is what sets him apart from most players. It's early in determining the level he might reach on the division one level.
However, his classroom work will give him an insurance policy, a solid one when he finishes up college.
"He'll be a target for many of the top academic schools in the country," said Paul.