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Maine South head coach Tony Lavorato and top assistant Mike Nee both were point guards as players.
It’s easy to see why the two of them pay so much attention to those in the same position for the Hawks.
“We value that position, which is why we put so much pressure on those guys,” Lavorato said.
Caleb deMarigny is the latest player to earn the starting job, and the 6-foot-1 sophomore has done so at an age when most are learning the ropes on the lower levels. He follows Pat Maher, Tony Albano and Nick Calabrese, all of whom earned praise from Lavorato for their seasons of service.
“He showed his moxie over the summer,” Lavorato said. “He has a good knowledge of the game and the skill and ability to run the game and lead the team.
“He’s solidified his role on this team.”
If wins are all that truly matters, deMarigny is off to one of the best starts for any point guard in program history. The No. 23 Hawks finished the weekend 17-3 overall and tied for first place in the CSL South at 5-1.
“Yeah, I’m happy because our team is doing well,” he said. “As long as I’m making a difference and we are getting wins, I’m happy.”
Through 20 games, deMarginay was leading the team in assists (76), steals (26) and 3-pointers (25). He also only had 51 turnovers at a position that puts a premium on taking care of the basketball.
“He has great instincts,” said Lavorato, who called up deMarigny to varsity as a freshman for the playoffs last season. “He changes direction and speed well. He sees the floor well and also shares the ball well. He has that ability to play with other guys.
“We like his foundation.”
With the help of the others Hawks — including seniors John Solari, Frank Dounis and Danny Quinn — deMarigny has been able to ease into his role this season. Dounis even assists deMarigny at point guard during stretches.
“They have my back, especially when I make a mistake,” he said. “They are always positive.”
DeMarigny, who also plays baseball at Maine South, also makes sure to listen to his coaches. He said he’s not close to being a finished product.
“They know way more than I do,” he said. “They talk to me about the little things, like taking certain angles on passes. Coach Lavorato will point something out to me and show me. I then step back and see that it works. He really makes you want to learn more about the game.” ~.