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Boys Basketball: Three things learned

Updated: April 7, 2014 12:41PM



Max Strus is overlooked. Not by Stagg’s faithful or opposing coaches who have had to game plan against the Chargers’ 6-foot-6 do-it-all guard. For some reason, Division I coaches have not been knocking down the door to recruit Strus, a senior who scored 34 points Tuesday night to lead the Chargers past Richards. How many 6-6 players have the skills to post-up, knock down three-pointers, take their man off the dribble and handle the rock? Very few. Every state university, along with DePaul and Loyola, should be showing Strus some love.

Josh Meier can dunk. The exploits of Richards’ 6-foot-7 big man have been documented. However, Meier’s dunking exhibition Friday was one for the ages. The senior threw down 15 dunks as part of a 47-point performance vs. Eisenhower. Many of the throw-downs were of the two-handed variety. Meier said one of his wrists cramped up from overuse. The best dunk came in the third quarter, when point guard Dedrick Shannon tossed the ball off the backboard and a hard-charging Meier slammed the ball home, thrilling the near-capacity crowd.

John Chappetto will be missed. The Richards coach, who resigned Friday, always put his players first and was willing to answer questions from media — win or lose — with class. He may stand just 5-foot-6, but he’s a giant among local coaches.

Pat Disabato



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