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Username Post: Stefanini        (Topic#19971)
Murph 
Masters Student
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Age: 57
Reg: 09-13-11
Stefanini
02-22-17 03:45 PM - Post#223031    
    In response to mrjames

  • mrjames Said:

Faulds is an odd fit for Engles. The kid's gonna need a calendar to time him baseline to baseline. While he's a skilled post, he'd have been great for Kyle's system, but I question how he'll mesh with Engles' more up-tempo aspirations.

For me, Myles Hanson is the best kid you guys picked up and I'm not sure it's close. Depends on how Faulds can fit.



I think it's way too soon to speculate that Faulds will not fit into Engles' transition offense. If Faulds can rebound and make the outlet pass, he'll be a huge asset to Columbia's running game.

And on those frequent occasions when Columbia's transition game will get bogged down in a half court set, Faulds' low post offense and high post passing will be very useful.



 
Chet Forte 
PhD Student
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Reg: 03-02-08
02-22-17 03:52 PM - Post#223032    
    In response to Murph

Harsh words from the usually decorous mrjames about young Mr. Faulds and his alleged lack of foot speed. I haven't seen many post players who have been speed burners, but in the videos I have seen of him he doesn't appear to " need a calendar" to measure his baseline to baseline speed.


 
Silver Maple 
Postdoc
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Loc: Westfield, New Jersey
Reg: 11-23-04
02-22-17 03:59 PM - Post#223034    
    In response to Chet Forte

If Faulds is as talented as he's said to be, a smart coach (and Engles is definitely one of those) will figure out how to use him.

 
cc66 
PhD Student
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Reg: 10-09-09
02-22-17 05:56 PM - Post#223048    
    In response to Silver Maple

Put another way, I'd bet that Faulds could beat Voss baseline to baseline.

Next year, Smith passing to Faulds should be a pretty potent combination.

 
Sagatius 
Freshman
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Age: 69
Reg: 11-17-15
Stefanini
02-22-17 08:31 PM - Post#223063    
    In response to cc66

JARON FAULDS, HOLT: The senior center finished just shy of a triple-double, scoring 22 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking eight shots for the Rams in a win over Jackson.

This is in yesterday's USA Today High School Sports. Imagine what he could do if he could run!

Edited by Sagatius on 02-22-17 08:33 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Dr. V 
PhD Student
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Reg: 11-21-04
02-25-17 05:33 AM - Post#223480    
    In response to Sagatius

At least our incoming did well last night. Hanson led his team with 22 in a 81-58 W. I think they're something like 18-5.

Faulds led his team, which is 14-4, with another double-double at 18 pts and 14 rbs in a 46-40 W.

Perhaps the best night, but most bitter, belonged to Stefanini. His Bergen Catholic team lost in the county finals 53-52, but the writeup informed as follows: "The best player on the court was Bergen Catholic senior guard Gabe Stefanini. The Italian scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds." Bergen County is the largest in NJ with just under a million inhabitants, and the finals featured the state's # 9 team against the # 10 team.

 
Chet Forte 
PhD Student
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Reg: 03-02-08
02-25-17 02:08 PM - Post#223533    
    In response to Dr. V

The reporter for nj.com did a great interview with Stefanini. His team, BC, has two other D1 players who have been eclipsed by Stefanini. His stock has been on the rise all season. One thing he has which we haven't really had all year is an outstanding three point shooter along with a quick release. I spoke to one administrator who is an impeccable source who told me that the coaches are really high on him, Faulds and Hanson.


 
Dr. V 
PhD Student
Posts: 1353

Reg: 11-21-04
03-26-17 09:34 PM - Post#228179    
    In response to Chet Forte

There's a nice senior season video on YouTube titled "Gabe 'Mambo' Stefanini's Senior Highlights"

 
cc66 
PhD Student
Posts: 1484

Reg: 10-09-09
03-27-17 08:10 AM - Post#228184    
    In response to Dr. V

The video is pretty impressive. He's quick, athletic, and takes what he is given. My bet is that he continues to develop and becomes one of those under the radar surprises.

 
Columbia 37P6 
PhD Student
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Reg: 02-14-06
03-27-17 10:57 AM - Post#228197    
    In response to cc66

He will be a very good player at Columbia. I love the intangibles that set off Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco student-athletes from everyone else. They just plain work harder than everyone else.

 
Chet Forte 
PhD Student
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Reg: 03-02-08
03-27-17 02:26 PM - Post#228209    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Mike James, what do you hear about Stefanini?


 
mrjames 
Postdoc
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Loc: Montclair, NJ
Reg: 11-21-04
03-27-17 04:28 PM - Post#228227    
    In response to Chet Forte

http://boards.basketball-u.com/showtopic.php?tid/1...

Ability to defend at the D1 level is the biggest Q.

 
Sagatius 
Freshman
Posts: 9

Age: 69
Reg: 11-17-15
03-28-17 02:24 PM - Post#228267    
    In response to mrjames

From NJ.com:

2nd Team All-State, hailed for his defense:

Gabriele Stefanini, Bergen Catholic, Sr., 6-1, 179 lbs, guard
The Columbia commit is one of the top defenders in the state. The Bologna, Italy-native scored plenty of key baskets and led Bergen Catholic to the finals of the Bergen County Jamboree and the North Jersey, Non-Public A tournament.

 
Columbia 37P6 
PhD Student
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Reg: 02-14-06
03-28-17 04:05 PM - Post#228276    
    In response to Sagatius

Thanks Sagatius. Let's hope Schneider and Greco are right.


 
internetter 
Postdoc
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Loc: Los Angeles
Reg: 11-21-04
04-18-17 04:10 PM - Post#228769    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Check out @italhoop's Tweet: https://twitter.com/italhoop/status/85430 260709921...
west coast fan


 
Chet Forte 
PhD Student
Posts: 1823

Reg: 03-02-08
04-18-17 09:37 PM - Post#228773    
    In response to internetter

Mike James thinks the biggest question surrounding him is his defensive chops. I have heard elsewhere that he is the best pure shooter among all of the incoming IL players. PS, the Jim Engles newsletter has an attachment of a great video on Maodo Lo's impressive start to his pro career in Europe. It sounds like he may have NBA potential after all.


 
cc66 
PhD Student
Posts: 1484

Reg: 10-09-09
04-19-17 09:09 AM - Post#228778    
    In response to Chet Forte

Where do you find Engles' newsletter? Are you refer to his Twitter feed or something else?

 
Dr. V 
PhD Student
Posts: 1353

Reg: 11-21-04
04-19-17 09:36 AM - Post#228781    
    In response to internetter

Great find, Internetter, thanks.

Several things jump out of this unusually thorough report and analysis. First, Stefanini's shooting percentages are off the charts. Second, if he's not yet 18 and has grown 3 inches in the last year, he may not be done growing. Third, the level of Bergen Catholic's competition was outstanding. Two of the players mentioned as opponents, Earlington of Don Bosco and R.J. Cole of St. Anthony, were both first team combined all state (Stefanini was second team), and a third, the little guard from Teaneck, James, whom Stefanini was chasing all over the court, was like Stefanini a second team combined all state.

 
Chet Forte 
PhD Student
Posts: 1823

Reg: 03-02-08
04-19-17 09:42 AM - Post#228782    
    In response to Dr. V

The Engles newsletter is sent by email from the AD. If I knew how to attach it I would.
I do not think we need to worry about Stefanini's offense.


 
Columbia 37P6 
PhD Student
Posts: 1409

Reg: 02-14-06
04-19-17 10:48 PM - Post#228813    
    In response to Chet Forte

We may have the best backcourt in the Ivy League next season. Smith will start at point guard and at least five very talented players will be competing for the other spots in what is clearly shaping up as a very good three guard and maybe even four guard offense. However, the frontcourt is a question mark. Meisner is the only returning forward with substantial playing time, but while he obviously possesses the physical skills to become a dominant player in the Ivy League that has not yet happened. I would like to see him become more of power forward next season than a wing. Tape also has the physical tools to blossom into a star, but the coaching staff seemed to have reservations last season about using him extensively because of his lack of prior high level competition. If that is the case, then he needs to find a mentor this summer to teach him what he needs to know. There is no doubt that Faulds will be an impact player at Columbia, but he will need help from Meisner, Tape and some others. Hopefully, Brumant and maybe Sica or Andrew P will help. Finally, I feel Hunter is better suited to play up front than in the backcourt. Hunter and Hanson could contribute more next year as forwards than guards.

 
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