The BCANY Summer Hoops Festival kicks off tonight in Johnson City and the Hudson Valley boys team will vie with nine other teams for gold.
The team completed its three-day minicamp last night at Croton-Harmon High School. It will head north today without its top player — Dobbs Ferry’s Eric Paschall will miss the event with a knee injury — but believes the parts remain in place to compete.
Coach Bill Thom said this team reminds him of the teams he coached at the Empire State Games — aggressive and balanced with interchangeable parts. Half of the players on the roster — Eastchester’s Jack Daly, Pleasantville’s Jack Eisenberg, Kennedy’s Mike DeMello (pictured above) Croton’s Ian Thom, Somers’ John Decker and Panas’ Vaughn Dweck — play point guard at the varsity level. And forwards like Mahopac’s Brendan Hynes, Pearl River’s Kevin Degnan (pictured right) and North Salem’s Umar Singh are all skilled enough to play on the wing.
The 6-foot-7 Degnan has been a revelation to coaches this summer because of his size and skill. He anchors a strong group of juniors along with DeMello and Daly that could’ve very easily included Paschall as well.
The team’s weakness could be its lack of size up front. Degnan, Singh and Briarcliff’s Brian Daniels are the only players 6-foot-5 or taller, but Hudson Valley hopes to use speed and its depth and balance as an advantage.
You can also find the rosters for all the teams here. Iona Prep guard Isiah Ice will play for the New York City team.
The Hudson Valley boys play their first game at 7:45 p.m. tonight against Rochester (Section 5). They play two on Saturday and at least one on Sunday.
Degnan will participate in Saturday’s Slam Dunk contest. Degnan and DeMello were selected for the 3-point competition after winning a shootout Thursday at practice.
I’ll post updates throughout the weekend.