Dylan Cantrell is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2022.
The 5-foot-9, 135-pound Cantrell, who attends Hillsborough High School, is a dynamic player that works as a point guard for the Tampa BayHawks.
No matter the opponent, every game Cantrell is determined to give it his all.
Cantrell is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Cantrell steps between the lines.
“My mindset at my position is to make sure all my teammates are ready to play and to set up the offense, create, and be in your face when I’m on defense,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Cantrell tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“What I love the most about playing is I love to win and I love the game of basketball and I have played it my whole life,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
“I’ve learned not everything will come easy and you won’t always win but you have to keep your head up and work harder than before,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell shares his favorite memory of playing basketball.
“My favorite memory is when I made a last-second shot to give my team the lead and everyone was excited about the shot,” Cantrell said.
Byron Batchelor has coached Cantrell for two years with the Tampa BayHawks.
Batchelor explains the best parts of Cantrell’s game.
“Dylan is a true throwback point guard. He has great leadership, is pass first, and a great defender,” Batchelor said. “Dylan’s leadership and toughness is on another level.”
Cantrell takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Cantrell makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always trying to be a leader. I talk on the court and I make sure my teammates keep their head up,” Cantrell said. “The best advice I’ve given my teammates is keep your head up because not every shot will fall.”
Batchelor adds that Cantrell is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“Dylan’s leadership and toughness is on another level,” Batchelor said.
Cantrell is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“The best advice my coaches have ever given me is what my role as a point guard is that I have to make sure the offense is set and I have to be in your face when I’m on defense,” Cantrell said. “They’ve taught me that not everything is easy. You have to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity.”
Batchelor is an advocate of Cantrell’s capabilities.
“Dylan makes big plays defensively,” Batchelor said. “He’s going to get a steal, take a charge. The kid is just tough.”
In addition to his playmaking skills, Cantrell also has a high level of basketball IQ as well.
Cantrell has excellent basketball awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“Dylan isn’t big in stature but he has the biggest heart and a good basketball IQ,” Batchelor said.
Batchelor explains why he compares Cantrell to this NBA player.
“If I had to compare Dylan to a NBA player I would say Patrick Beverly,” Batchelor said. “Dylan is tough. He’s not going to back down from anyone. Plus he’s always been overlooked and he plays with a chip on his shoulder.”
Cantrell patterns his mentality after this rising NBA point guard.
“I look up to Trae Young because of his skill but also because of how he plays with energy and will always do something exciting,” Cantrell said. “I try to copy him, especially how he runs the pick and roll.”
Cantrell is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“On the court, I’m going to do whatever it takes to help my team win and off the court I want to make it to college,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell lists journalism as his favorite subject in school.
“I would like to become a sports reporter when my basketball career is over,” Cantrell said.
Batchelor outlines the areas of improvement that will take Cantrell’s game to the next level.
“Dylan becoming more explosive and becoming a knockdown shooter will be critical for him going forward,” Batchelor said.
Batchelor believes the sky is the limit as long as Cantrell continues to stay hungry.
“Whatever college Dylan attends he will instantly make an impact on and off the floor,” Batchelor said. “He’s going to practice harder than anyone and be a leader off the floor.”
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