One of the best players in the loaded NECC is Angola’s Dyer Ball, who return as the top scorer for a Hornets team that is throwing their hats in the competitive chase for a conference title. Ball scored 12.5 points per game to lead Angola, shooting 55.9 percent from inside the three point arc.
Ball protects the rim as well as anyone in the area and because of that will play a primary post position, although he could play some swing time at the three where he can roam inside and outside more too, adding to his shooting prowess where he hits 40 percent of his three pointers. He seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game last season and the timing of many of his blocked shots was great if not clutch; including his closing seconds block against Fairfield in a tremendous NECC Tournament game this past January.
It would be silly to not mention the fact that Ball is the son of local legend and Olympic gold medalist Lloy Ball. What does that have to do with his high school basketball career? Well, Ball has been around absolute top level athletics his entire life and he also knows lofty expectations from people wanting to compare him to his dad. But Dyer clearly takes that all in stride and plays very care free and loose. That looseness helps Ball adjust his game to what the Hornets need on any given night and allows him to defend spots one through five on the court smoothly.
“Dyer has committed himself to bettering himself in the weightroom, on the court, and off the court,” says Angola coach Ed Bentley. “At 6’6 Dyer’s game is extremely versatile, he can pick and pop, he can post on either block and he can contribute in the ball handling area as well. Dyer has the ability to be one of the best four men in the area. Dyer will lead our team.”