February 15, 2012
Severe Making Most of Opportunity
In New York City when your time comes you better make the most of it, because there is always someone else right at your heels. 2013 Christ the King (NY) combo guard Jon Severe has been taught that lesson and is not planning on letting anyone steal his spotlight.
The 6'1 junior missed last summer with a broken wrist and was unable to play AAU in front of college coaches, so heading into this high school season Severe was still an unknown commodity; even to some NYC experts.
Severe's junior season performances with a loaded Christ the King squad has taken him from under the radar to squarely on the radar for some of the most elite programs in the country. The combo guard claims interest from Texas, Florida, Kansas, Rutgers, Marquette, DePaul, Miami, Providence, Seton Hall, and Penn State; with Xavier, Houston, and George Washington being the top schools that have recently offered him.
"It feels great," Severe told Rivals.com, "Last year I was hurt so now that I'm healthy I'm trying to take advantage of my opportunity to make my name."
With many of the top schools instantly starting to recruit Severe some would think that he would go through "information overload" or feel the pressure of a highly recruited prospect. Severe feels quite the opposite, "It's just more motivation to get better. Now that these schools are seeing me I want to make them happy with my play. Before some coaches had heard of me but because I was hurt they hadn't seen me."
Exposure will be at a premium this April and July for the Brooklyn native, who attends school in Queens, as he will return to his Long Island Lightning team eager to make a splash in Nike's EYBL. On the court Severe prides himself as being able to efficiently play either guard spot.
"I can play the one (PG) or I can play the two (SG); it doesn't matter to me. I can score when I need to or I can set up my teammates as a point guard. Coaches have told me they think that I can defend either guard spot at the college level. I play defense, I rebound, whatever it takes for my team to win."
With college being in the future plans Severe is looking at style of play as a factor in his recruitment. Comfortable with either a half court setting or the signature New York City pressure he wants to find the best setting for his game.
"I think I can fit in any offense but I'm more of an up and down player. I'm an overall player but I'm probably best as a scorer getting up and down."
The junior recently tied a Christ the King record with 8 made three-point field goals in a game, so scoring has never been the problem.
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