By Tom Robinson
JB Hoops alum Dimitri Gnall and his Wyoming Seminary teammates are off to a flying start as one of the most promising teams in District 2 boys basketball.
Gnall is averaging 24.7 points per game during a 3-0 start by the Blue Knights, who are ranked first on NEPABasketball.com among Small School Boys teams in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings.
Wyoming Seminary has four starters back from a team that advanced to the second round of the state tournament after winning Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A titles.
Gnall earned the first PNC Bank District 2 Boys Basketball Player of the Week award after scoring 31 points in a 90-50 championship game victory over Selinsgrove in the Joseph Nespoli Tournament at Berwick. He followed up that all-tournament performance with 29 points in Tuesday’s 61-49 win at Crestwood.
“Dimitri played extremely well at both ends of the floor,” new Wyoming Seminary coach Pete Moses said after the tournament championship. “He was motivated and determined to lead us to a win.”
As a senior, Gnall said one of his responsibilities is to help his teammates adjust to the coaching change. He said exposure to different coaching styles through years of both high school and AAU competition has helped him with the process.
“This for me was not difficult, but for some guys who didn’t play AAU, maybe everything from last year changing up this year might have been difficult on them,” he said. “So, myself and the other seniors are just telling them to trust the process.”
Gnall was NEPABasketball.com Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 Player of the Year last season.
The Blue Knights have won by more than 20 points per game while averaging 71.7 points in the first three games.
“This year, we are running the floor a lot,” Gnall said. “ … We’re always looking to push the ball up and speed up the game, then just pressing, a lot of pressing.”
The JB Hoops program has another returning starter, guard Jeremy Callahan, on the Wyoming Seminary team.