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McMaster’s Presutti of Happiness

Posted on 15. Feb, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School, Interviews

In the passionate basketball city of Hamilton, with a history of successful teams, high expectations are expected from McMaster head coach Amos Connolly. Considering the recruiting haul his coaching staff has already put together, the first-year coach is on a roll. Add Oakville’s Adam Presutti as the latest top talent to join the mix, adding another piece to what appears to be a bright future in “Marauder-land”.

There are a number of characteristics that Adam brings to our team,” said Connolly. “First and foremost, he is a winner that makes big plays in big games.”

Adam is coming off an MVP performance at the All-Ontario Catholic tournament over the weekend, scoring 19 points in a 60-52 win over Sacred Heart of Ottawa. He is one of the top outside shooters in the province, using multiple weapons as a shooter. He can roll off screens, stop on a dime, and square up for a smooth release without showing a lack of balance. Mid-range, long-range, it doesn’t matter. Deny him the ball and get a hand in his face or suffer the consequences.

His “coachability” is another aspect his future coach gets excited about.

He is a team-first player who accepts whatever role needed for group success,” said Connolly. “He is driven to improve - accepts feedback and immediately tries to implement it. Often what holds a player back at our level is a lack of willingness to address weaknesses - this is not Adam. He can handle the truth and isn't afraid to put in the work.

After a heartbreaking buzzer-beating loss to Toronto’s Martingrove in the provincial AAA final last year, Adam and the rest of the Loyola Hawks will move up to the AAAA (in London, March 7-9) level seeking another chance for a Gold medal.

While his shooting abilities may automatically stand out, Adam’s ability to see the floor is underrated. He rarely makes a poor decision passing the ball. Some question his ability to play more of a lead guard role for McMaster next year, but his new coach is more than comfortable in his abilities.

Through this process, I've gotten to know Adam quite well and I'd be surprised if 5 years down the road he isn't the vocal leader of our team. He will be our point guard and his leadership qualities present themselves further everyday. He will certainly be one of the faces of Marauder Basketball.

Adam is the fourth McMaster commitment for next year, following Brett Sanders, Aaron Redpath, and Joe Rocca







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