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Girmindl's Ghost

A diary of Shaker High School's 2005-2006 basketball season, a retelling of Shaker's fabled 1979-1980 season, and general commentary on high school hoops, updated daily...


"I like sitting in the back row. I found that sitting against the wall is just easier on your back." -Dean Smith, on the comfort of the H-gym bleachers

Player Profiles

The complete team profile, Shaker 2005-2006:

This post will be updated as information is gathered. Additionally, a "team outlook" will be added to it shortly.

Brad Sheehan, 6'10", C: The undisputed star of team, Sheehan is a probable first-team all-area selection and an area player of the year candidate. He has already signed a letter of intent to play at Georgia Tech next year, giving the suburban council its first ACC player in over ten years. Brad averaged just over 16 points/game last year and will probably be somewhat higher than that this year, despite drawing double and triple teams from opposing defenses on a constant basis. Brad compliments his stellar post play with a remarkable touch from the foul line and from 12-15 feet, as well as a great court sense that gets him a lot of assists off interior passing. A tremendous shot blocker, Brad is a defensive force in the lane, especially when Shaker's plays its 2-3 zone. Brad was featured on the cover at the Schenectady Gazette's area basketball preview in December (see picture at right).

John Hans, 5'9", G: Starting point guard. John is a quick and trusty leader of the offense, as well as above-average 3-point shooter. He distributes the ball well, runs a patient offense, and makes good decisions about both his passes and shots. His defense is solid, and his hustle and intensity are high.

Griff McLoughlin, 6'3", F: A brusing forward who plays much taller than he is. Griff is tough on the boards and particularly aggressive in the post, often resulting in second chance baskets and foul line trips through sheer effort. A feisty player who works hard every trip down the floor.

Brian Hooks, 6'0", G: A smart two guard vaguely reminicient - in both looks and style of play - of J.J. Reddick from Duke. A good shooter and a patient ball handler, Brian is an effective compliment to Sheehan and will need to punish opposing teams when they look to double and triple Brad in the post.

Tom Duclos, 6'2", G/F: Tom is an outstanding athlete and something of a swing foward type player. In college, he might be called a slasher, as he has a good ability to get himself to the hoop on dribble penetration and in the fast break. Also a good rebounder who plays taller than he is on the boards.

Eddie Cross, 6'0", G: A smooth two guard with a soft touch and sure stroke, Eddie is likely to see a lot of time, and perhaps start, across the backcourt from Hans.

Vernon Cross, 6'2", G/F: A great all-around athlete and a good sized forward who can make things happen. Versatile enough to play outside the 3 line and also post-up when necessary.

Ryan Dare, 6'3", F: A trusty big body off the bench, Ryan uses his size and quickness to produce a lot of rebounds and some nifty inside post play. Should be a big producer this year.

Fallon, Pat, G: Good size off the bench. Usually plays a few minutes in each half to give Brad a breather. Nice touch on the shot, should be a solid contributor next year if he continues to improve.

Thomas Kahnle, F: A forward-type player, doesn't get very many minutes. Has been impressive in his few outings, however.

Steve Schaller, G: Has taken over the backup point guard duties since about the second half of the season. Good size for a point guard, and he takes care of the balll. Seems to see the floor well.

Matt Bodgan, G-F: A defensive specialist, Bodgan is often given the oppositions best perimeter player to guard on defense. Sees the court well and likes to make the extra pass for an assist instead of shooting. A clear fan favorite.
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