TOP GUN: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball participant Connor Topping fires a shot in a sport final winter. PDS is on the lookout for senior star Topping to have a giant remaining marketing campaign. The Panthers tip off their 2021-22 marketing campaign by taking part in at George School (Pa.) on December 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
By Bill Alden
As Eugene Burroughs enters his second yr on the helm of the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball program, he’s going through a training problem.
Losing some key gamers from final yr’s squad to commencement and having a rising star, Hampton Sanders, switch to Lawrenceville, Burroughs might want to combine and match the remaining items at his disposal.
“Right now, I am putting together a puzzle, we don’t have true positions,” stated Burroughs, who guided PDS to a 7-3 file final winter in a season shortened by COVID-19 considerations.
“I don’t have a true, true point guard so I have to figure out how to put guys in different spots. I have to look at the matchups and we have to play to see who can do what.”
Having gotten used to the strategy of Burroughs, who has coached on the faculty and professional ranges, the returning gamers are on the identical web page with him.
“I am impressed with some of our kids and the carryover from last year, which is a sign of growth from year one to year two,” stated Burroughs, whose crew suggestions off its 2021-22 marketing campaign by taking part in at George School (Pa.) on December 17.
“The guys have a better feel for some of the things we are doing, defensively, terminology, and where to be on the floor. The new players on the team are trying to adjust to it and I see the older guys telling them what to do. When your players are explaining to the other players where to be and what to do, that is good.”
Burroughs is on the lookout for considered one of his older guys, senior Connor Topping, to have a giant season.
“Connor was a starter last year, his role is definitely going to be elevated this year as a senior,” stated Burroughs.
“He had some good games for us last year. He knows what he is doing and he is a three-sport athlete. He is our best player, he gets everything. He played the three (small forward) last year and this year he will play some of everything.”
Junior guard Jaden Hall is poised to raise his sport this winter. “Jaden came off the bench last year, it was his first taste of varsity,” stated Burroughs.
“He showed he can compete at that level. He had a great summer, playing on the AAU circuit. I think this year for him is going to be a big step up. Last year, there wasn’t any pressure on him to perform, he had the other guys. He played an alternate role. This year, he is a guy that we have got to go to. He is going to really grow a lot this year.”
In the frontcourt, senior Anthony Stewart provides PDS a bodily presence.
“Anthony came in last year as a center type kid and he played behind Ethan,” stated Burroughs.
“He is senior, he is physical. We are looking for him to have a little more impact this year.”
Junior Bram Silva ought to have a much bigger affect this season as properly.
“Bram played a little bit later in the year in a short season,” stated Burroughs.
“He has been looking great and doing some good things. I am looking forward to him having a good year, he has a good feel for what we are doing.”
Burroughs believes that switch Jaden Dublin will do some good issues as soon as he hits the court docket after sitting out the primary 30 days of the season underneath New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) guidelines.
“Jaden is a point guard, he has good size and quickness and he is going to help,” stated Burroughs.
“I wish I had him from the start. He can handle the ball. I am still learning him, he is still learning from me. He is still learning what we are doing. I think he is going to help us.”
In order to get off to begin, PDS might want to hit the boards as a unit.
“I think we have to rebound the ball as a team, that is a big key for us,” stated Burroughs.
“We are not the biggest team but I think if we can rebound the ball as a group, that is going to lead to some opportunities for us transition-wise. We have to rebound by committee with all the players getting in there and rebounding. That is going to be important for us throughout the season.”