Prospect Spotlight: Chris James (2019)
Posted On: 02/23/18 6:36 PM
St. John Bosco guard Chris James has simultaneously put together and impressive season while undergoing a complete position overhaul.
The 6-foot-3 junior, who has played off the ball for the majority of basketball life, has assumed the point guard duties for the Braves and coach Matt Dunn this season.
Based on the Braves results, including a 21-7 overall record and selection into the prestigious Open Division playoffs, one could surmise that James’ development is on the right track.
“Personally, I like how I’ve been knocking in open shots and setting my teammates up,” James told Prep Hoops So-Cal. “I’m trying to work on my point guard skills because that’s the position I’ll play in college.”
James said one of the most difficult aspects of the position is having control of everything and needing to make quick decisions on the fly.
“The biggest things I’m working on are to notice mismatches and read what defenses opponents are playing,” he said. “Making the right reads are important at the point guard position.”
James is a firm believer that the fact him and his Bosco teammates push each other every day in practice has helped not only his individual game, but also how the Braves have developed good on-court chemistry.
“I like how we’re always trying to get better in practice,” he said. “We’ve been going through some adversity and I feel like we’re using practice to work hard and get better.
“We don’t have distractions anymore,” James added. “We’re all bonding together and that’s because we’re hanging out as a team more.”
He’s averaging 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season and is a stellar student, boasting a 4.0-plus grade point average.