GLEN ROCK - Glen Rock High School basketball players descended onto the Princeton University campus June 23 to attend an annual college overnight team camp.
“It was beautiful and very pretty to look at,” incoming senior varsity player Danny Mendelsohn said. “The living situation was very nice compared to past dorms we have stayed at in Rider due to the room size and suites.”
Head Coach for Glen Rock High School, Jason Mittelman, welcomed the players to the campus and assigned everyone a roommate. Once given their key, players went to the dorms and relaxed for a short time before their first games.
Glen Rock was also welcoming a new member to the coaching staff.
“It is very early, but so far so good,” newly hired junior varsity coach Kosta Panayotof said.
“Coach Panayotof has a laid back, soothing way that I believe will be calming to the players and balance out my intensity,” Mittelman said.
Glen Rock's varsity team is returning nine players from last season and losing five, three of whom got consistent playing time.
“Despite several players returning with significant varsity experience, this upcoming season’s team is a new team whose identity is yet to be determined.” Mittelman said.
Danny Mendelsohn talked about what the team and his expectations are for next season.
“I’m very excited for next year. The team is very fun to play with and is very balanced. It’ll be fun to see where this team can go,” he said.
Coach Mittelman has high expectations for his young guard in Ryan Harris. Going into his junior year, Harris discussed his thoughts on next season.
“I am both excited and nervous for next year because I love how I will be playing a bigger role in the program, but nervous because we need to make up for a lot of points that the seniors had last year,” Harris said.
Two of Glen Rocks top three scorers were seniors last season.
Over the weekend Glen Rock finished with an overall record of 3-3. Coach Mittelman highlighted the team’s need to work on defense and attention to detail.
The Princeton coaching staff showed a presentation on their preparation for the season.
“The lecture reaffirmed the importance of attention to the smallest details and the value of skills training within the context of our team offense.” Mittelman said. “In order for our team to be successful, our individual on the ball defense must improve significantly.”
After starting with two losses, the team won three of its next four to finish out the weekend strong. The second team camp at Ramapo college was July 7-9.
“The potential for this team is to be determined. It can’t be definitively said at this time who is on the varsity team. Success for each team is not measured by comparisons to past and future teams, but based on whether they realize, exceed, or fall short of their potential,” Mitelman said.
James Boisits is an incoming senior at Glen Rock High School on the basketball team.