Central Connecticut Inks Two Local Players
Aaron Hall (pictured above) a 6’3 guard from St. Thomas More and Chris Baskerville a 6’5 power forward from Buckeley High School in Hartford have both signed with Central Connecticut. Hall is a powerful and explosive athlete who should be able to step right in and make an immediate impact in the Blue Devil’s backcourt. Baskerville, who has starred for Connecticut Basketball Club (formerly Hartford City Stars) since he was in Middle School, joins 6’6 David Simmons from Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York as the post players in this years recruiting class.
Hall started both games for St. Thomas More last weekend at the National Prep Showcase where the Chancellors finished with a 1-1 record for the weekend defeating Fork Union before falling to the Patterson school, the second ranked prep school team in the country. With Hall’s athletic ability he is at his best in a transition system because he is an active hard-working player who can both lead the break or fill a lane and finish high above the rim. Hall will join another St. Thomas More product in Chris Winters in New Britain.
Baskerville is an undersized four man who is much better when facing the basket. He is also athletic and good in transition because of his ability to beat most opposing big men down the floor. He is effective in pick and roll situations as well as slashing to the basket from the short corner or high post. Baskerville definitely needs to bulk up physically in order to bang on the blocks in the NEC.
Central Connecticut is off to a 1-4 start early in this season. But the schedule hasn’t exactly been kind as they have already played Michigan, Eastern Michigan, annual mid-major power Davidson, and St. Bonaventure from the Atlantic Ten. By the time the NEC regular season rolls around look for Howie Dickenman’s club to again be one of the contenders come March.