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Home arrow MAAC arrow Phoenixville (PA) vs. Greencastle-Antrim (PA) John Hogga Analysis
Phoenixville (PA) vs. Greencastle-Antrim (PA) John Hogga Analysis
Friday, 16 March 2007

By Bill Martin
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ImageJohn Hogga is a 6-5, big-bodied combo forward, who has verbally committed to play for St. Peter’s next year.  Hogga’s Phoenixville team lost to Greencastle-Antrim in this game by a score of 57-50 but the game was very close right up until the end.  Hogga had a pretty strong game, scoring 15 points and showed some versatility.

Hogga is somewhat of a tweener.  He does not have the size of a power forward and he probably does not have the lateral quickness to play small forward. He does however possess some of the skills required for both positions.  In this game John showed that he could both take it inside and score or shoot from well beyond the three-point line.

I was surprised to see John bring the ball up the court for his team on occasion.  He did not show many ball handling moves but he was quicker than expected off the dribble.  He did a good job of getting the ball up the court and not turning the ball over.  Hogga also used his deceptive quickness to go by his man for a couple easy lay-ups. 

This game was one of inconsistency for John.  He had a few strong takes in the paint where he finished while getting fouled.  Then there were other times where he would just miss a lay-up.  His jump shot was also very inconsistent.  On one play he nailed a three pointer from NBA range, but then he air balled his next shot from nearly the same exact location.  This was not his only air ball in the game.  He also did not hit anything on a turn around fade away jumper from 15 feet out.  His shooting percentage probably would have gone up if he took better shots. 

Defensively Hogga could give more of an effort.  There were times when he looked lazy on help defense or just took his time running back down the court to play defense.  Once he did get back and played defense in the post he was effective.  He kept his feet on the ground and his arms straight up in the air, causing some trouble for his man.  He even managed to block a couple shots this way.  John was however one of the bigger players on the court, so it is hard to say how good his defense will be against taller competition.  Despite his size advantage I was not impressed with John’s rebounding.  There was more than one occasion where he should have grabbed the board but failed to because he did not box out.  He also seemed to lack hustle when it came to running down loose balls.

John Hogga definitely has a nice skill set that can only get better with more experience.  I think he needs to work on giving maximum effort throughout the entire game, and developing some moves off the dribble.  His shot selection could also use some work but that can be fixed with good coaching. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 March 2007 )
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