By: Nate Rubinstein ( @Nate_Rubinstein )
When a star breaks out in Connecticut the hype turns real. Once the word circulates its as if the whole state starts flocking to their games to see what the buzz is all about. Danny Campbell of Classical Magnet High School might be that next breakout player and it wont be long before we find out.
The 6’2” forward has the athleticism that allows him to play above the rim and exposed this quality during the AAU circuit.
Campbell created some excitement for himself on the AAU circuit playing for the Connecticut Rough Riders. By the end of the off-season he earned recognition at several events, including the Connecticut Basketball Combine 2015 Fall Showcase.
Even with his success, he still looks to improve his game going into the winter.
“I want to work on my guard skills. My ball-handling, shooting and scoring off the dribble will be my focus,” he said.
Campbell realizes that if he wants to have any future in his game past high school, he will need to be able to play beyond the perimeter. Although he has the talent in the paint, being 6’2” will only allow him to play up to a small-forward position in college at best.
Only seeing the floor a little bit during his freshman campaign, Classical Magnet will look for him to adjust to a bigger role this season. With the Gladiators bring back multiple seniors this year; Campbell is taking in all he can learn from his mentors.
“I look up to Jameal Cushnie (Senior forward) and Leroy Collier (Senior guard) as leaders for the team.” Campbell said on some of his returning Seniors who were named the captains for the Gladiators in 2015-2016.
Cushnie, a 6’2” forward as well, averaged 8.6 points per game as well as grabbing 7.0 boards a game, per MaxPreps. Collier on the other hand averaged 8.3 points and dished out 1.5 assists per game.
With the loss of Timothy Flynn, there will be a need for a legitimate scorer for Classical. Flynn was the go-to-guy for the Gladiators last year, as he netted 21.1 points per game, and totaled 4.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds as well.
The Gladiators amounted to the 17th seed in the Class M state tournament last year, but fell in the second round to the number 1 seed Hartford foe, and eventual state champion, the Weaver High School Beavers. Classical will look to get back to post season play, and potentially follow the journey that all Connecticut basketball players know as “the Run to the Sun”.
Campbell was listed as one of the top players in Connecticut for the class of 2018 by “Recruit the Bronx”. He is an outstanding rebounder and can finish around the basket with ease. Campbell is also a selfless player in the frontcourt with his high basketball IQ.
Although Campbell was able to make a name for himself with the Roughriders, and at multiple exposure events, he has been unable to pick up any interest from any schools due to him only being a sophomore.
If Campbell can translate his impressive AAU play to the high school style of play, then don’t be surprised if colleges and universities are knocking on his door.