Final Look: Anthony Gaffney

Anthony Gaffney, a hard-working, two-sport, student-athlete, is a player who has a wonderful future ahead of him not only on the athletic field but also in the classroom. Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a final look ...

Anthony Gaffney, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound football/basketball prospect from Pennington, New Jersey, is a solid student and athlete who will be an impact player for Princeton starting this fall.

Gaffney averaged double figures the past season in basketball, too, and ran off some incredible numbers for Taft as a football player over the past years. Anthony reached the end zone 19 times this past season for the football team at Taft. He also picked off six passes as a defensive back.

PREVIOUS RECRUITING INTEREST FOR FOOTBALL FOR ANTHONY GAFFNEY:

Georgetown, William & Mary, Rutgers, Villanova, and Vanderbilt.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

Anthony competed in the Mary Kline Memorial All Star game at the Pennington School in New Jersey on Memorial Day weekend. Anthony scored 13 points. Talent scout Alex Kline discussed Anthony's skill level as a basketball player.

"Anthony will not end up playing basketball at the next level as football is his first passion, however, he is extremely talented," said Kline. "If there's one thing Gaffney can do well, it's attack the rim constantly."

Kline continued: "At 6-foot-2, his athleticism and bounce is ridiculous. If his jumper were to improve dramatically, he could be a division one player easily."

Gaffney has also decided to attend Taft in Connecticut, a prep school, giving himself another year to make progress in his individual games in both football and basketball.

Previously, Anthony had solid senior seasons in both basketball and football for The Pennington School in New Jersey before he decided to go to prep school. He averaged nearly 19 points a game while grabbing nine rebounds per contest as a basketball player at Pennington during his last year there.

WHAT HIS HOOPS AAU COACH MATT PAULS SAID ABOUT ANTHONY GAFFNEY AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER:

His midrange game has improved dramatically. He has been attacking the rim with a vengeance He needs improve his ballhandling and penetrating left.

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