Shore Regional senior forward Dan Largey, who is 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, is the Blue Devils’ lefty sharp shooter. He displayed that skill on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as he made seven 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 41 points as the No. 13 seed Blue Devils defeated No. 20 seed Marlboro, 73-47. He’s the team’s leading scorer at 20.9 points per game and is an 82.2 percent free throw shooter this season. After that emphatic win on Wednesday night, Largey talked about his career night and his future plans for this week’s boys basketball Q and A.
Q: You had an incredible start to the game with that first quarter, how did that first quarter feel to you?
A: Coming right out of warmups, I knew I had a good feeling about my shot. My teammates kept feeding me the ball and I can’t thank them enough.
Q: Have you ever scored 18 points in a quarter before?
A: That was definitely a career-high for me in a quarter. I never thought I could get 18 points in one quarter, especially in the Shore Conference Tournament.
Q: What’s the secret to your team playing very well at home and conversely struggling a little bit on the road this season?
A: That’s fair to say. We have a huge fan base and it is always easier when they are chanting our names behind us after we make basket. On the road, it is hard to face adversity especially if we aren’t playing as well as we should be.
Q: You seemed to like the wing for your three-point shots on Wednesday night, was that just your spot or your spot for that night?
Rumson-Fair Haven vs Shore Regional basketball. Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry grabs a rebound as Shore’s Kevin Bloodgood and Jack Byrne (14) defend. West Long Branch, NJ Thursday, January 29, 2015 Doug Hood/Staff Photographer @dhoodhood
A: That is where the open shots came from against Marlboro. That’s where our offense led me to be and that’s where I kept getting the ball from my teammates.
Q: What does it mean to play for seventh-ranked Shore Regional because there is a lot of pride in athletics at Shore Regional?
A: It is a family and community environment here at Shore Regional. All the faculty members were there on Wednesday night supporting us because they love watching Shore Regional basketball. They love watching the chemistry that we have on the court.
Q: How did you become such a good free throw shooter?
A: I was always told it was better to do five perfect reps while practicing my free throws than to do a 100 bad reps. So, if I get a feel during warmups that I have my rhythm down, and it usually only takes me three shots to see how I’m doing, then I don’t take any more.
Q: How do you make the decision to shoot, drive or pass when you have the ball in your hands?
A: I watch the defender’s eyes when I give that ball fake that I was taught from a very young age because it is lethal. I try to see how they are going to react. If I see them go up in the air, they I take a quick pull up jumper, or if I see everyone jump and react, I just dribble by them and go to the basket.
Q: Can you really get more into the game because of the Shore Regional student section?
A: The fans bring a unique style to the game. They are very rowdy. Other teams usually hate to come and play us at Shore Regional because we always have that student section packed.
Q: What colleges are looking at you for basketball?
A: I”m definitely doing a post-graduate year at Peddie next year. Then I’ll visit colleges and see where I can play after that.
2014-2015 Boys Basketball Q & A Archive
Sherlon Christie: email@example.com