PROFILE: ROCCO RUBINO
HIGH SCHOOL:: ARCHBISHOP MOLLOY, Briarwood, N.Y.
HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACH: JACK CURRAN
WEIGHT: 160 pounds
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
BRIAN TOWEY'S VIEW: Rocco Rubino caught a bad break when he broke his right hand in September, preventing him from working out in front of coaches during the month.
Rubino will be the featured guy for Coach Jack Curran's Stanners this winter. He is a scorer by trade, a wiry jumpshooter who can drop down shots from the perimeter, shoot it off the bounce, and get into the lane for pull-ups.
Rocco was the fourth leading scorer in the rugged CHSAA AA Division last winter at 17.2 points per game, with a high of 28 against Rice.
MIKE SULLIVAN'S OUTLOOK: Rocco netted 14 points against Boys & Girls High School at the Big Apple Challenge held on the campus of Baruch College last weekend. However, many of these points came at the end of the fourth quarter when the game was decided.
Rocco will need to make himself more available offensively and the Stanners need to look for him in some sets. Yes, utilizing picks and screens, though many consider these tasks unconventional in today's game of basketball.
TOWEY'S LAST INTERVIEW: Rubino received an offer from a Division II power in New England. "Stonehill has offered me," said Rubino. "I took an official visit there. New Hampshire, Boston University, and George Mason have shown interest..."