Posted On: 11/2/17 6:08 PM
2018 guard Mick Lynott is headed to a school in Calvary Christian that is fresh off a Class 5A state title.
The 6’3″, 185-pounder comes over from Miami Country Day. Lynott says coach Hugo de la Rosa stepping away from the program played a major reason as to why he felt the need to finish his high school career elsewhere.
“He [de la Rosa] had been my coach for three years and helped me grow and when he left it made it hard to justify staying at the school especially with two of our best players, Ibrahim Doumbia and Anthony Cambo graduating,” Lynott told Prep Hoops Florida. “It just did not look like a good situation basketball-wise for me so I had to look for somewhere else.”
Lynott called Calvary Christian the right situation for him and he’s excited to play for head coach Cilk McSweeney.
“We have a young team. Solomon Uyaelunmo and I have developed a great chemistry already and I am looking forward to defending its state championship,” he said. “I have big shoes to fill replacing Jerald Butler last year’s point guard and I am looking forward to the challenge.
In terms of his junior season, Lynott said he learned how to be a leader.
“Being the point guard, my coach expected me to be a vocal presence on the floor. In years past I was learning how to be a leader but last year I thought that I implemented it into my game,” he said. “I realized being a leader is a skill as everybody has always looks to you for answers. A leader cannot be flustered or frustrated but must always keep their team on track and I realized that this past year.”
As for his role at his new school, he said it will be to be both a scorer and a facilitator and make sure his teammates get good shots.
This summer, he rehabbed from a broken foot in which he had surgery on earlier in the year.
“This summer was really about rehab and getting back to where I was last year and getting better,” Lynott said. “Regaining my explosiveness, strength, and conditioning after being out for months has been my main focus.”
He started hooping at age 2 with his dad on his basketball net in his front yard.
Lynott pointed to his ability to get to the basket, passing, poise and basketball IQ as his biggest strengths. He aims to improve his consistency on his jump shot and to add more to his ball handling.
No offers have come yet for the senior, but he’s drawn interest from Eastern Washington, UMass, Western Kentucky, Hartford, Boston and Stetson
Now at 100 percent health, expect Lynott to fit like a glove for Calvary Christian. With Butler manning the point, a naturally strong guard the past few seasons, Lynott will use his elusiveness to set up plays for his team and it will be a different look. He provides the school a legitimate chance to get back into the state tourney.
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