Head Men's Basketball Coach – Pratt Cannoneers
It’s always exciting to see a member of your team receive recognition. And though technically Armando Dunn is not even at Bard yet, he’s still a Raptor.
Armando is a soon-to-be-graduate of Cardozo High School in Queens, NY and an enrollee in the Bard College Class of 2019. He was an integral part of the Cardozo Judges’ PSAL Championship team in 2014 and finished his career with a loss at Madison Square Garden to 2015 champion Wings Academy. During his senior season, per NYCHoops, Armando averaged 7.6 points and a team best 10.4 rebounds per game.
I was not even remotely surprised to see Armando average double-digit rebounds per game. For a player that’s 6’4″, he plays WAY bigger. His rebounding instincts are top notch and he has the chance to be one of the best shot blockers and rim protectors in the Liberty League over the next four seasons.
In fact, as the biggest guy on his high school team and de-facto “center” he was the primary defender on Jesse Govan, a 6’11” behemoth headed to Georgetown next year following his graduation from Wings Academy, in the championship game. I remember texting Coach Turner and Coach Phillips less than two minutes into the game when Armando rose up and blocked one of Govan’s shot attempts.
Armando is not a center though, despite his success there in high school. He is the dynamic forward that we have been looking for at Bard for so many years. He can score inside, he can attack from the perimeter, he can guard bigger, he can guard smaller. Certainly he has plenty of things to improve upon, but the skinny lefty from Queens looks to be a future All-Liberty League player.
Playing next to four high-level guards in high school left Armando playing on the interior most of the time. Each of the three junior guards that started for Cardozo along with Armando have multiple Division I scholarship offers and the fourth starter, a senior guard, was a player many expect to accept a Division II scholarship. Each of the four guards was talented and ball dominant and Armando was forced to create his own offense. Putbacks off rebounds, running the floor for transition buckets, scrapping for loose balls. He did all those things and I don’t think his team reaches the championship game without them.
The best things about Armando may not be his on court play, however. He was named NY1’s Scholar Athlete midway through the season and following the championship game, honored for having the highest GPA on the team. From day one of his recruitment, Armando, his mother and father made it very clear that academics were going to be the first and only priority.
Working as his primary recruiter along with Coach Turner was such a pleasure. Getting to know Armando and his parents, Herman and Lisa, was one of my favorite parts of the process. Between Coach Turner and I, we probably saw Armando play around 10 times this high school season and each game was more exciting and fun than the last. I can’t wait for Armando and our five other Class of 2019 commits (preview coming soon!) to arrive on campus this August!