Confidence, Preparation, and Teamwork to be the 2014 Catalyst
By Andrew Liberatore
The Men’s basketball team had an impressive 2013 season, which included a historic 24 game winning streak at one point. They finished with a 28-3 record which was good enough for first in the conference standings. At one point the Dolphins were ranked nationally 18th overall, in the country.
The Dolphins were able to make it all the way to the conference championship before falling to York College. One of the many bright spots for the Dolphins last season was freshman point guard from Moore Catholic High School, Frank Schettino.
Schettino had a historic season for the Dolphins last year, becoming the College of Staten Island all-time assist leader with 222 assists as a freshman. He was named the CUNY Rookie of the Year and was also named to the National All-American Team averaging 9.4 points per game to go along with 7.2 assists.
The challenge now becomes even bigger for Schettino as he will now have to step up and take more responsibility with the team losing five players who were seniors the previous year, and to go along with the fact that this won’t be the first time teams in the conference will be playing against him, so he won’t be catching any of them off guard. I asked him what he would give as an overall grade for his rookie season last year.
“For my rookie season I’d give myself a B. I did what I was told to do, and as a team I would give us an A. We just didn’t finish the way we wanted to.”
When asked, what needs to be done this season to try and maintain this success and achieve even more, he said, “To be as good last year we’re going to have to do everything as a team, score as a team, play defense as a team.”
With a number of seniors leaving, including Bloochy Magloire who averaged 17.3 points per game last season, Schettino knows there will be a learning curve with the new players that will take on bigger roles.
“It’s going to be harder,” Schettino said. “Because we don’t have the same individual talent as last year, but if we work hard we will be fine.”
Coming off a tremendous season and having so much success Schettino will have a lot of high expectations for the 2014 campaign, and he even as some expectations of his own.
“My expectations for myself this year is just to be an overall better player and do what I have to do to get our team wins.”
Despite the team losing players, he expects to pick up right where they left off last season.
“For the team, the expectation is to get back to the CUNY Championship game,” said Schettino.
Going into his second year now, Schettino isn’t going to be a freshman that leans mostly on the older players on the team for leadership. Even last year Schettino stepped up and was one of the leaders on the court, which contributed to the teams success. When asked if he felt if he needed to step up even more to be one of the leaders on the team for them to be successful, he told me very confidently.
“Yes, absolutely, I had a big role last year and that gave me a lot of confidence so I’m up to the challenge to lead this team on and off the court,” he also added, “I have a bigger role and I love it.”
Schettino is the type of player that is always looking to get the rest of his teammates involved in the game and can also become a playmaker to try and help the team win, that’s why when asked who he would compare his style of play to the most he said, without hesitation.
“I would compare myself to Chris Paul, because he is a pass first point guard and so am I. We both run the run the offense very well can both put the ball in the hoop.” That is pretty high standards, comparing your style of play to one of the best point guards in the NBA.
The Dolphins were one of the toughest teams to beat last season, they even came one game away from making the Division III NCAA Tournament. Expect the Dolphins to be back there with Coach Tony Petosa and point guard Frank Schettino at the helm.