DEKALB JUNCTION – Hermon-DeKalb senior Dylan Amo calls Onondaga County Community College a perfect fit for his next venture in basketball and education. Amo, along with Malone standout Ben Honahan, recently signed their Letters of Intent to play for the Lakers next season.
I chose OCCC because I was very impressed with Coach Dave Pasiak. He came to Hermon-DeKalb to watch me play against Heuvelton this season and he stayed after the game for a long time talking to my parents and I about the school. said Amo who to major in Criminal Justice at OCCC and then transfer.
He also took the time out of his busy schedule to travel up to watch me play in my Exceptional Seniors game. When I visited campus, Coach Pasiak gave us the VIP tour. I was able to meet with professors, advisors, take a tour with basketball players, and have lunch with them. His current players love playing for him, and I could tell that he is highly respected,
Amo finished his career as Hermon-DeKalbs All Time Leading scorer with 1331 points which included 395 points (20.8 per game), 234 rebounds (12.3 pg), 76 steals (4.0 pg), 49 assists (2.6 pg), and 36 blocked shots (1.9 per game) in 19 games this season. Amo also shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and 55.7 from the field and averaged just 1.9 turnovers per game.
During this process of choosing I was able to talk a lot with Coach Pasiak and found that his program is exactly what Im looking for at the next playing level. I also chose OCCC for the location. I want to go to college about two hours away, and this was perfect. They have a new gym and fieldhouse, which opened in December that is quite impressive. Actually, the entire campus, from the athletic facilities to the dorms to the academic buildings are very impressive, said Amo who also likes the location because it is close to his brother Tyler.
One of my biggest influences in basketball was my brother, Tyler who goes to SUNY Cortland. Not only is he my biggest supporter, but sometimes my biggest critic. I expect that he will be at all my home games next year. Another big influence is Charlie Burt, one of our assistant coaches. He introduced me to the weightroom two years ago, and we are in the weight room five days a week lifting.
Amo plans to major in Criminal Justice at OCCC and transfer to a four year school after completing his education at the two-year level.
Pasiak, who played basketball at Clarkson University where he graduated in 1984, fells that Amo will develop his potential to play at the next level while at OCCC.
Obviously, Dylan (Amo) was a big scorer at H-D. Hes a very good athlete and a very talented player. He has good balance to his game in that he can score at the rim and beyond the arc. I think that as he puts on weight over the summer, gets stronger, and matures physically he will develop into a very effective player at our level, said Pasiak. Any player has to make an adjustment when going from high school to college, and thats especially true coming from a small school. Im confident that once he gets pushed by college level players every day, he will take his game to an entirely new level,
Hopefully to the level of former Hermon-DeKalb standouts Jon and Andy Bardeschewski who excelled at the NCAA Division III level.
The first time that I saw Dylan play live was the first time that I had been in Hermon-DeKalbs gym in 20 years. The last time was when Jon and Andy Bardeschewski played. I was recruiting Jon at the time and got to know him and Andy and their family quite well. Both were great players and even better young men. The night that I saw Dylan against Heuvelton he broke Andys record as the all-time leading scorer at H-D. So it took me 20 years, but I finally got a great player from H-D, joked Pasiak who expects Malones Honahan to develop take advance of a second chance in basketball.
Ben Honahan is a hard nosed player that got a really bad break when he suffered a season ending injury midway through his senior year, Pisiak commented of the Malone senior who played just 11 games and averaged 11.8 points hitting 35 of 68 field goal attempts.
I first encountered Ben when he made it to the final cut for the Section 3/10 team in the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival last summer. He struck me as a tough competitor who had a nice mix of skills to play either guard position. He loves to play, and I think that because of missing out on the last part of his senior season he feels like he has some unfinished business as a player. Like Dylan, I think that he is a guy that will continue to develop and grow as a player when he gets to college.
OCCC is getting a quality young man in Amo according to his high school coach Clay Denesha.
Dylan has been a tremendous player for our program. He has been the total package for four years. Hes been very unselfish and made this team better. You cant replace a player like Dylan, his work ethic has made him what he is today. The season never ends for him because he continues to work on his own, said Denesha.
Amo said he has many memories at H-D.
Probably my greatest memory is playing varsity my freshman year with my brother, Tyler who was a senior. It was awesome playing on the same court each night and we had an undefeated season. Some other great memories are the buzzer beaters that I had. I had two buzzer beaters in the same game during my sophomore year to beat Lisbon. One buzzer beater put us into overtime, the next one won the game for us. I also had a buzzer beater this past year at Heuvelton. I also want to credit all my teammates that I had throughout my years. Without them, I wouldnt be the player that I am today. he said.