Hardwood Hero: Taylor Allderice SG Justin Dobbs
Posted July 21, 2011 12:03 am
FinestPreps.com promised to deliver you coverage of not only the nation’s top high school football prospects but basketball prospects as well.
Today we take a look at one of heros of the hardwood in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area.
This sharpshooter is downright lethal from beyond-the-arc, draining 45 percent of his shots from three point range the past two seasons.
Who’s the the lethal assassin that is currently flying under the national radar?
Meet Justin Dobbs.
Last season, Dobbs posted impressive numbers–scoring 20 points per game, dishing out four assists per game, and five rebounds per game for the Taylor Allderice Dragons.
He led the Dragons to their second City League Championship in a row last season after he scored 23 points in a 73-63 win against Perry.
His most impressive stat is his biggest strength–he nailed 45 percent of his shots from three-point range.
The 6’2″, 180 pounder is one of the best pure shooters in the 2012 recruiting class but has yet to land a Division I-A scholarship offer.
Take a look at Dobbs tape below and you will see a man that is not afraid to pull up off the dribble and knock down shots from all over the court.
He doesn’t need to roll off screens and he doesn’t need anybody to set picks for him.
The immensely gifted prospect creates his own shot off the dribble and creates it with ease.
Even if you’re playing good solid, on-the-ball defense, that doesn’t deter Dobbs from wanting to pull up and splash one from deep right in your grill.
In his tape below–you’ll even see Dobbs nail shots with two defenders in his face!
The only way to stop him is to force the ball out of his hands!
The gifted basketball prospect is blessed with excellent basketball bloodlines. A few of his cousins played Division I-A basketball–including Frank “Happy” Dobbs (Villanova). His father–Jason White–starred for Taylor Allderice in the late 1980s.
While Dobbs doesn’t currently have any scholarship offers from any programs yet, he’s currently drawing interest from a variety of programs.
FinestPreps.com caught up with the silky smooth jump shooter to discuss his college basketball recruitment process a while back.
Below is the interview.
FinestPreps.com: Justin, first off talk about how the college basketball recruitment process is going for you.
Justin Dobbs: “It’s been picking up lately. It’s still not where I want it to be because I don’t have an offer yet.”
FinestPreps.com: What schools do you think are the most interested in you at this point?
Justin Dobbs: “Probably Duquesne, Robert Morris, St. Francis (Pa.), New Jersey Tech (NJIT) just called today, Youngstown State, Cal (Pa.). Also other schools have contacted me–Virginia, Akron, Marquette, Ohio Dominican, Bethune Cookman, Tennessee, St. Joseph’s, Cleveland State, and Georgia State.”
FinestPreps.com: Justin who’s been the biggest influence in your basketball career thus far?
Justin Dobbs: “My dad because he put the ball in my hands. He taught me not only about basketball but he taught me life lessons with basketball. He kept me working hard in the gym and took me everywhere. Him first, then I would say my coaches at Allderice, or Anthony Cheatham. He had a big influence on me too because that’s where I make the biggest leap in my game–learning from him.”
FinestPreps.com: Talk about how he’s influenced you.
Justin Dobbs: “When I came to him during the 10th grade, I couldn’t really handle the ball, I wasn’t in shape, and he really just taught me how to go hard basically. He basically taught me if I wanted it I was really gonna have to pursue it. He told me I really needed to get in shape. Nobody else told me that. That’s why I’m in shape right now. I can handle the ball during all of the driblling drills. He never puts me through the same workout. We always learn something new. That’s what I like about him. He’s a good trainer.”
FinestPreps.com: You also train with DeWayne Brown. Correct?
Justin Dobbs: Talk about training with him and what kind of drills you do with him.
FinestPreps.com: “I’ve been training with him since 8th grade actually. His stuff is more strength–building up strength with the body and the core. I guess it builds up endurance but not really enough to where you wouldn’t have to run. But it’s a hard workout–to be honest. He’s one of the best around too. His workout is hard. We do a lot with resistance bands, medicine balls, ladders, anything you can think of really. When we go outside–we use the field alot during the summer–parachutes, everything to build up strength and explosiveness.”
FinestPreps.com: What’s the biggest thing you need to work on in your skill set as a basketball player, Justin?
Justin Dobbs: “I would say everything really but the biggest thing is defensive principles. I’m good on the ball but I just need to be better playing more team defense. That just comes with time–learning the game, principles, and stuff. I could get better at handling the ball, passing. I could get better at everything. I would say mainly defense and handling the ball to the point to where I don’t have any unforced turnovers.”
FinestPreps.com: Justin, you’re a pretty lights out shooter from beyond-the-arc. I saw you shot 45 percent this past season. Is that something you focused on at a very young age growing up?
Justin Dobbs: “Yeah because when I was younger I wasn’t very athletic. I wasn’t athletic at all. That’s pretty much how I learned to spot up and shoot. From there, that’s where I started expanding my game–driving to the hoop and becoming a better basketball player. That’s what I was doing at first. That’s really what I do if you take everything else away from me–I can shoot the ball.”
FinestPreps.com: What’s the outlook for you guys for next season for Taylor Allderice?
Justin Dobbs: “We lost in the second round of the state last year. I’m gonna work as hard as I can so we can get to the state championship. I’m sure my teammates will do that too. I’ll probably be in the gym with some of them, too. As long as we work hard–the sky’s the limit.”
FinestPreps.com: Justin are there any teams you’re really interested in? I know you don’t have any offers at this point but are there any kind of favorites or schools you would really like to hear from? Anything like that?
Justin Dobbs: “Not really. I’m the type of person where I just look at the situation and then build it from there. If a school feels like I’m good enough to go there then I’ll go from there. I don’t really have any favorites for now but if I was to choose right now out of who is recruiting me–I would rather stay close to home–so probably either Duquesne or Robert Morris. If I had to choose right now. This is the biggest summer so far so I can’t really say.”
Wade Peery is a writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome!
Check out the junior highlight tape of Justin Dobbs below–courtesy of Ayo Fap and FinestPreps.com!