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Road Trip: Putnam Science Academy

Seventh year head coach Tom Espinosa has a unique and diverse group of guys that are more mature and experienced than last year’s team. The Putnam Science Academy coach will look to returning point man Dayshon Smith to be a leader on the floor to his teammates.

Dayshon Smith a New York native, is coming off a big summer evaluation period, that now has high major coaches from Pitt, Providence, Penn St. Just to name a few, making stops in Putnam, Ct. frequently.

Smith is a smooth and silky guard that was known last year to put up big numbers for the Mustangs last season. Now Smith is known as a facilitator, proving to college coaches while playing alongside highly recruited players Kuran Iverson, John Severe and Rich Williams on the circuit that he can do more than just score.

Smith’s supporting cast includes a group of six post-graduates, including four from the state of New York, all of whom project capable of playing important roles this year for Putnam Science.

In the backcourt with Smith, you have 6’1 combo guard Jamel Mosely who is a stocky built guard that likes to take on contact when attacking the basket. Mosely is also a streaky shooter that cannot be left open outside at the 3 point line. A pesky defender that always accepts the challenge of defending bigger guards.

On the wing you have Mairega Clarke a 6’5 player with a smooth stroke and a great handle with the ball. Clarke who was forced to play center last year for his Holy Cross HS team, comes to Putnam as one of the biggest sleepers this year in New England. Clarke also knows how to use his length out on the perimeter to jump into passing lanes and create instant offense off turnovers.

Playing on the wing also is Joel Angus 6’5 wing also from New York who’s at his best when attacking the basket and having also benefit from being able to create his own shot. With an improved jump shot Angus can be a serious threat.

In the front court, Coach will look to John Reutty to anchor his team in the post. Reutty is the teams best rebounder and its up on the glass with put backs. Reutty also has a nice face up game that allows him to be a inside out threat with his ability to knock down the perimeter jumper. Roaming the paint you have Paul Brooks, the lone New England Native on the team. Brooks explained his role on the team as “grabbing all the rebounds and blocking shots”, its always good to have a player on your tram that knows his role. Ugor Hortum is a 6’11 center from Turkey that can spread a offense with his ability to shoot the long range ball. Hortum likes to compare his style of play to Mehmet Okur. Hortum is battling back from a knee injury so he’s still trying to get in shape. Would love to see him develop a post game to solidify himself as a scholarship player.

Don’t expect this 7 man rotation to back down from any opponent. This Putnam Science Academy is a special group looking to make some noise. The teams confidence starts with coach Espinosa who’s willing to go up against any team in any setting.