Carroll bomber looking to expand his game

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If Sammy Silver has a basketball in his hands, he’s in range.

His definition of range might be standing in the middle of the Carroll Senior High School commons, or over in Town Square.

OK, so those last two are an exaggeration. But when it comes to shooters, confidence plays such a large role in their success. The senior-to-be guard is about to transition from a part-time starter, sixth man role to becoming one of the Dragons’ go-to performers in the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Silver is a three-point specialist by trade. But he recognizes that he has to be more than that.

“We lost seven seniors so we have to pick it up, and I want to try and lead by example,” Silver said. “I have to be careful with my own actions and keeping guys from becoming frustrated. But we have to make sure that we don’t let anything become complacent.”

The 6-1 Silver is playing for one of Carroll’s summer league teams. This squad is mixed with players from several other high schools, including Keller, Colleyville Heritage, Grapevine and a couple of AAU squads. The summer season consisted of five tournaments, including one last weekend in Frisco.

The team played the equivalent of a high school season with about 30 games and playing in the championship bracket in each of them.

Silver is arguably one of the most dangerous long-range shooters in District 4-5A, if not Tarrant County. He finished second on the Dragons with 53 three-point makes and shot 33 percent from beyond the arc (53-161). He doesn’t have to be positioned a few inches behind the line before he fires away.

“My whole life, I’ve always loved shooting the ball,” he said. “I’ve been mostly a spot-up shooter, but I’m hitting the weight room and working to make sure I can shoot off the dribble. I’m comfortable three to five feet behind the line. I think it comes pretty easy for me.”

While his role is going to transition, so must Silver’s game. While he doesn’t consider himself a sub-par ball handler, he believes he needs to be much more sound. A time will come when he has to move a defender off the line with a shot fake and take the ball to the rim.

The ability to create a high -percentage shot will allow to him potentially average in double figures in head coach Eric McDade’s open floor offense.

Silver said he plans on spending July working in the open gym sessions at Carroll, moving off of screens and creating different shot moves. He definitely won’t allow for shooting rut. That’s the heart of what he does.

At this point, his college future is unknown, but Silver hopes an opportunity will surface. Of course, that will depend on what level of school takes a look. There’s hope that the summer has created some interest.

“I definitely want to be more of a threat but not just settling for a jumper,” he said. “If they give it to me, I’m going to shoot it. I hope that it means something for college. I would love to play in college.”

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