Eastchester’s Jack Daly has been a nightmare for opposing defenses. The junior guard is averaging 27 points a game and has led the Eagles to a 5-1 start heading into the holiday break.
“Jack does it all,” Eastchester’s athletic director Jason Karol said. “He is a very complete student who always works hard, takes the most challenging courses and he is always striving to be the best he can be.”
This, plus more, is why Daly has been named this week’s Con Edison Athlete of the Week.
As the captain of the basketball team, Daly embraces the leadership role.
“I try to set an example in practice all the time,” Daly said. “Whenever the intensity seems to drop during practice, I make it my duty to lead by example and pick the intensity up.”
Whatever opposing defenses throw at him, Daly seems to adjust every time.
“I just let the game come to me,” Daly said. “I’m aggressive with driving the ball to the basket. If the defenses try to clog the lanes, I dish the ball out to one of my teammates for an open 3. If they are afraid to leave my teammate open for the 3, I would just lay it up for two or get fouled and go to the free-throw line.”
Daly has scored at least 20 points in every game except against Poughkeepsie, when he had 17 points and 10 assists.
Daly credits his success to the team’s chemistry that has been building from grade school.
“I have been playing with some of the players on our team since third grade,” Daly said. “And we have really benefited from that.”
Outside of the gym Daly is quite the scholar. He is a member of the math, science and Spanish honor societies and is taking college courses in statistics, U.S. history and chemistry. In addition, Daly is taking honors courses in English and pre-calculus.
And he finds way to give back to the community, including volunteering as a scorekeeper at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scarsdale and mentoring young children in basketball.
“To help teach younger kids how to get better in a sport I love is a great feeling,” Daly said. “It also brings back memories when I played there (IHM), and those memories will always stick with me.”
Daly has accomplished a lot so far in basketball but this year he wants to make it very special.
“The goal of the team this year is to make it all the way to the County Center,” Daly said. “It’s been about 50 or 60 years since Eastchester has been there, and we would love to do that for our community.”