Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: June 15, 2011 11:06 am

Sam Cassell Jr. relishes father's shadow


By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. – Some people might think having a famous NBA player as a father could provide added pressure or constantly create unfair comparisons.

That’s not the case for Sam Cassell Jr., who enjoys being the son of a 15-year NBA veteran.

“It’s been wonderful,” Cassell Jr. said. “I know everyone is watching me when I play. I get to show what I can do.”

Cassell Jr. is a 6-foot-4 Baltimore native who plays his high school ball at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.). His length and size give him an edge over most opponents, and he is aggressive when it comes to attacking the basket. Cassell Jr. is a very good defender because of his frame, but is looking to get faster.

“I’m trying to become a pure point guard,” he said. “I’m working on my ball-handling and I have to get quicker to guard other point guards.”

Cassell Jr. has a variety of schools pursuing him at this point, listing UNLV, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida State, Butler, Clemson and Morgan State.

No one is standing out at this point, but he still knows what he needs in a school.

“I’m looking at the coaching,” Cassell Jr. said. “And the atmosphere of the team.”

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