Academically Talented Prospect Has Options

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a free look at the individual game and academic side of New Jersey prospect Tommy Bannon ...

When a high school basketball prospect has a perfect grade point average, it's eye-opening and presents an advantage. This is such the case for Tommy Bannon, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard/small forward from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Only a sophomore and a member of the 2011 class, NJABC head coach Matt Pauls highlighted some of Bannon's individual skills.

According to Pauls, Bannon has solid range on his jumper, allowing him to dent zones. "He's also gets on the boards and defends," said Pauls.

His 4.0 grade point average is likely to get the Ivy League schools involved early in his recruiting process. And probably the Patriot League programs are going to watch his progress over the next three seasons.

"He has time to develop," said Pauls.

Bannon certainly does. But he is giving himself an insurance policy for a scholarship or a chance to attend an academically respected school with his hard work in the classroom. "He's giving himself many options," agreed Pauls.

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.

We'll keep an eye on Bannon's progress throughout the year here on this website.

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