Tobey Impressing New Coach

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Mike Tobey

University of Virginia 2012 signee Mike Tobey attended Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey for the first two years of his high school career. He moved on to the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut for his junior school before deciding to return to the Garden State for his fourth and final year on the high school level. The 6’11”, 230-pound center is finishing out his prep career at Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.), a school no stranger to sending prospects to the college level.

Blair Academy head coach Joe Mantegna, who has coached current NBA talents Luol Deng, Royal Ivey and Charlie Villanueva, has been impressed with what he has seen out of the Virginia-bound center in fall workouts and in practice.

“He’s 6’11”, very versatile, and he has a very high skill level,” Mantegna said of Tobey, one of four high school seniors to sign a letter of intent with UVa in the Early Signing Period. “He’s a lot more athletic than people realize. He runs well. He catches the ball well. He has a good idea of how to play. He hasn’t had a whole lot of background going against the type of competition he’ll face this season, so this will be a good year for him to get used to better competition before moving on to the college level.”

Tobey is the lone college signee on a young Blair team that includes seven sophomores. He’ll be in the starting lineup on November 20, which is the date of the Buccaneers’ 2011/2012 season opener against a New Hampton Prep team led by Boston College-bound guard Olivier Hanlan and Notre Dame-bound forward Zach Auguste. The Bucs won the Prep A state championship last season.

Coach Mantegna discussed the role he envisions Tobey playing throughout this season.

“I think the role Michael will play here will be a similar role to what he will be asked to play in college,” said Mantegna. “He’s a versatile 6’11” big. He can take other bigs outside and go by them off the bounce. He can really pass from the