DBA Skills Academy Recap
June 29th, 2010
Young talent stands out at DBA Skills Academy.
Former Quinnipiac University head men’s basketball coach Joe DeSantis is still roaming the sidelines and making players better, only now he has the opportunity to touch many more lives.
The longtime division I coach has retired from the college sidelines in favor of running his DeSantis Basketball Academy in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
The DBA provides year round instruction to boys and girls of all ages through a wide range of programming that includes camps, clinics, leagues, and individual instruction.
Most recently, the DBA held their spring Skills Academy, training 15 local players with the goal of continuing their game at the college level. The New England Recruiting Report traveled to Fairfield twice this month to check out the action and came away impressed with the talent, especially in the younger age brackets.
Rising freshman point guard Stephanie Jones is a playmaker with a big upside. She was already a standout on the varsity high school team as just an 8th grader and possesses the quickness, handle, and court presence to be dominant over the next four years.
Michelle DeSantis, a rising sophomore at Laurelton Hall, is just as skilled as you would expect. She plays the game with good dexterity, makes dribble pull-ups as well as she does spot-up jumpers, and is a good decision maker with the ball in her hands.
Olivia Levey teamed with Jones at Christian Heritage last year, where she has already scored 1000 points, but will be running mates with DeSantis next year at Laurelton Hall after transferring. Primarily a block to block scorer and rebounder earlier in her career, Levey is now a threat to step outside as well.
Trumbull High School’s Victoria Pfohl is a nice small college prospect. A point guard with good size and a high basketball I.Q., Pfohl is a consistent jump shot away from catapulting her recruitment to the next level.
Pfohl’s younger sister, Mandy Pfohl, has yet to crack the high school ranks but she is a name to remember as the youngster is an extremely skilled player with an equally dangerous jumper.
Brianna Curran was another young lady who stood out during the Skills Clinic. A rising junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Curran is a knockdown shooter who can’t be left unguarded on the perimeter. She’s working hard to improve her handle and diversify her game and shows potential for the next level.