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Posted On: 08/2/18 6:06 PM
Long Beach St. Anthony forward Frank Staine knew exactly what he needed to do to take his to another level, but it was a comment from an opponent during a tournament in June that really turned the light on for him.
“I played in a tournament and I heard someone say I couldn’t shoot,” Staine told Prep Hoops So-Cal. “Ever since then I’ve been in the gym putting up a thousand jumpers a day trying to get better and trying to evolve my game.”
Over the last couple of months, Staine has shown major improvements operating on the perimeter with both his ball handling and shooting, and he credits that with choosing the correct club program, Gamepoint OC, which afforded him the opportunity to grow as a player.
“They presented me with an opportunity to get better,” he said. “I got to play on the perimeter more and become more comfortable as a shooter and playmaker. Everybody is saying my game is evolving and that’s a big reason why.”
Staine, a rising senior, built his game in an unorthodox fashion for today’s game: Inside-out. While his gradual perimeter development is the main reason for his slower recruitment, he see’s his scoring package as an advantage at the high school level.
“I think I’m a match-up problem,” he said. “Either my defender will be too slow and I can go around them or they’re too small and I can shoot over them. I think It’s a big advantage for me at the high school level.”
“My versatility is my biggest strength right now,” Staine said. “I can guard multiple positions, score in different ways and just do a little bit of everything and play multiple positions with my ability to handle and create with my passing, but I need to get more athletic and improve my foot-speed and my bounce.”
The 6-foot-6 swingman has been drawing strong Division II interest over the last couple of seasons, and recently scheduled an official visit to Division I Sacramento State for later this month.
“I’m hearing from a lot of Division II schools,” he said. “I took a visit to Cal State Dominguez Hills, Concordia Irvine is looking at me as well as Dixie State.”