Sep 30, 2011

GCL's Sabato and Hall make the call....

In a week that was full of commitments two local GCL players have come off the board. 6'8 C Tony Sabato, of Moeller, has committed to Division I Elon and 6'5 SF Drew Hall, of McNicholas, has given his pledge of Division II Marysville.

Both players were under the college coaching radar a year ago but saw their stock increase after productive summers with their AAU teams. Sabato ran with the Cincinnati Royals and was the main option inside for a hardworking team that seemed to always stay competitive against even the toughest competition. Hall, playing with the Shining Stars, was the leading scorer on a wing oriented team that turned some heads with their play in Orlando in late July.

Sabato brings size to Elon's campus as well as a defensive toughness forged from three seasons with the Moeller varsity team, including a State Runner Up placing as a sophomore and a Regional Final appearance as a junior. A skilled low post scorer and passer, who is able to step out and shoot the mid-range jumpshot, Sabato has the polish in his game, as well as college ready strength, to play a role early in his career for the Phoenix.

Hall tied for the GCL lead in scoring last year with an average of 17.3 ppg and despite that he remained under  the radar in both the city and state. A smooth wing with good range and a consistent release on his jumper he will be looked to for scoring in his career. Still in the developmental stages of adding strength to his body he has shown great improvement in his ballhandling and could become a shooting guard down the road. His ability to use his length and basketball IQ to create shots for himself, especially on a McNicholas team were he was depended on to carry the bulk of the scoring load last season, has prepared him to battle against bigger, stronger, and faster college defenders.

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