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He was the star player out of Christ the King High School in Queens, named 2013 Mr. New York State Basketball.
For the most part, Jon Severe has lived up to the hype during his freshman season. Severe is averaging 19.1 points per game, tops in the Atlantic 10.
But his field-goal percentage is low (.348) and as skilled as he is and as good as he's looked at times, there are plenty of moments when you're reminded that he's only a freshman.
"He came out of the gate on fire," Pecora said when asked about Severe's development. "When you're a young player, one of the most difficult things is learning how to play with a yellow light and not a green light, understanding that every possession is more important in college so shot selection is more important.
"Early on, Jon was making great plays, and then as the year progressed he became a focal point of other teams' scouting reports. The next step in the process is learning how to get shots, how to get good shots, how to work for those shots and to continue to play with that intensity."
That's something Severe was able to do last Saturday against Richmond when he scored 28 points and was 8-of-15 from the floor. It was the 11th time this season that's he's scored 21 or more points in a game, but only the fifth time that his shooting percentage has been more than 50 percent from the floor.
The good news is, prior to the Richmond game, Severe had been struggling for about three weeks, so maybe he's snapped out of the funk he was in.
Or, we could just be witnessing the natural growing pains that all freshmen experience.
"They talk about the freshman wall," Pecora said. "At this stage of the game, the high school season would be over. The intensity of our practices and games obviously is much greater. That's the next thing he needs to fight through."
Against the Spiders, at least, it looked like he was doing just that.