Brooklyn Prospect Wants To Make Improvements

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses the individual game of James Padgett, who is competing with the Juice All Stars in the IS8 Fall League playoffs in South Jamaica, New York ...

James Padgett was happy that his team, the Juice All Stars, were able to outlast the Playaz Junior team from New Jersey in the quarterfinals of the IS8 Fall League playoffs. "When you get this far it's great," he said. "We have two more to go."

Padgett's team is currently preparing to play in the semifinals this Saturday at IS8. And he's ready for another season under Tiny Morton at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York.

Padgett, who is committed to Maryland, is looking to work on his individual game before he plays in the powerhouse ACC conference, where some high school stars are reduced to role players with spot minutes.

James is working hard to avoid this fate. "I'm working on my moves, my dribbling, my shooting, and I want to get stronger," he said.

Padgett scored 10 points in the quarterfinal game against the Playaz Juniors team. The former Xaverian High School star scores his points around the basket.

Padgett, 6-foot-8 and 215-pounds, is an important player for the Juice All Stars in the next two games, if they get that far to the final. He provides Morton's team with rebounding, shot-blocking and putbacks of missed shots.

"I just want my team to win," he said.

Under Morton, they have done that for several years now. And Padgett is typical of the player that the talented and skilled head coach has had over the past decade.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION OF JAMES PADGETT'S GAME: James has long arms and runs the floor well. He's able to elevate enough to play the game above the rim. Consistency is a key for his future progress as a basketball player. But he's already indicated he's willing to work hard on all parts of his game.

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