November 8, 2007

Point guards emerge in 2010 class

It appears the Terps are looking for their point guard of the future in the class of 2010.

And you can add another smallish guard to that list as TT continues to look at a pool of prospects that are beginning to emerge.

5-9 Phil Pressey, from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA, is yet another.

Pressey, the son of former NBA guard Paul Pressey, is already receiving major attention from some of the elite college programs in the nation, including Maryland. TT spoke recently with Cushing Head Coach Barry Connors about his standout.

"Phil is just a unique kid and ballplayer," said Connors. "People say he's small, but he's up to about 5-9 now, he has size 13 shoes, and extremely long arms, and he is only 16. His mom is small, but his dad is 6-5, long and lean. I think he will continue to grow, but really, it's not going to matter.
"Phil is "basketball quick," by that I mean that he might not win a 40 yard dash, but he is as quick with the ball as anyone you will ever see. His brother Matt, (a senior, and also a D1 product) plays here at Cushing too, and he is about 6-2. Phil only goes about 145 pounds, but he can maneuver in traffic and can dunk the ball with ease. So I am not worried about his physical stature at all. Phil is a player."

Coach Connors gave another example of how important he is to Cushing.

"We were playing Brewster Academy last year, and they are an absolutely loaded team, D1 guys all over the place. We are staying in the game and then Phil took a charge from a 6-7, 230 manchild from Brewster and had to leave the game. I thought the kid was dead, it was that violent of a collision. Within 45 seconds, we had four turnovers and had given up eight points," said Connors. "With Phil out of the game, our structure and discipline went right out the window. He controls everything, and that's how much he means to us. Phil controls tempo, he leads the defense, he distributes the ball, he pretty much does it all. He does need to extend the range on his jumper a bit, but if you leave him open he can nail it. But that would be one area in which he could improve, and I think he will," said Connors.

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