Regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the junior class, St. Anthony point guard Jiovanny Fontan faces one of his biggest challenges tonight against Corey Fisher of St. Patrick's in the New Jersey Non-Public B North title game.
"Corey is having a really good year, so I'm looking forward to giving him a hard time tonight," said Fontan, who is ranked No. 137 in the 2008 class. "It's not like you can stop him, but I'll be working to contain him. The most important thing is to make it hard for him to get the ball. Once he does get it, I need to keep him from penetrating with his left hand and keep him out of the lane. It is important to make him more of a jump shooter."
Fontan has the attention of schools in the east as well as one in the Big 12. St. John's, George Mason, Fordham, St. Peter's, Delaware and Fairfield have all offered. Oklahoma began to recruit Fontan after he held McDonald's All-American Jai Lucas in check at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
"Oklahoma called Coach Hurley right after that game," he said. "They were impressed by how I played against Lucas."
Playing for The Playaz Basketball Club, Fontan will have a chance to expand his game this spring. He will be high on the watch list for both coaches and scouts.
Jiovanny Fontan scouting report:
Playing for a stacked St. Anthony's squad, Fontan has carved out a niche as a ferocious on-the-ball defender. He also has a strong understanding of how to run a team on the offensive end. He doesn't over dribble and can knock down the three-point shot.