Posted On: 09/28/18 10:46 AM

A rising sophomore with good size and length, Kapaun Mt. Carmel 2021 wing Blake Danitschek emerged as one of the state’s up-and-coming prospects after a strong performance at the Prep Hoops 250 Expo at Blue Valley West.

A knockdown shooter from mid range out to the 3-point line, Danitschek is capable of playing either the 2 or 3 and is a crafty ball handler. He says he has worked on his defense in recent months, helping take his game to new heights.

“My defense is something I’ve greatly improved upon by keeping my man in front of me and quickly rotating when off the ball,” Danitschek said. “Rebounding wise, I make sure to crash the boards consistently and to box out. My basketball IQ is also something that I pride myself in.”

He is coming off a strong performance over the offseason competing for Pray N Play and even saw some time playing up an age level with the 16U squad.

“I had the opportunity to play with an unselfish Pray N Play team, who moved the ball well and made the extra pass,” he says. “Playing up with the 16s has helped my physicality especially on the defensive end. I feel like the overall difference in pace of the game has prepared me for the high school season.”

Danitschek says he has spent much of the offseason focused on improving my strength and athleticism, as well as sharpening his handle and developing an even more consistent jumper.

Danitschek says Nate Bowie, Chris Tyler, Justin Snell and his dad have all greatly impacted his basketball career thus far. 

“I’ve had the opportunity to learn and develop thanks to many other great people as well,” he says. “Nate and Chris have helped me a lot from a training perspective and are good role models for me. Coach Snell is someone who has instilled confidence in me and has not only taught me so much about basketball, but many life lessons as well. 

“My dad has always been there for me, and holds me accountable in school and basketball. I’m very thankful to have these people in my life.”

Already, Danitschek has heard from a handful of Division II schools after going to some exposure events and tournaments and sys he hopes the interest level in his game grows throughout the upcoming year.