Maret beefs up offense, takes down Bishop McNamara

Maret guard Max Steiner

Maret guard Max Steiner

READING, Pa. — Year after year Maret (Washington, D.C.) has produced division-I caliber point guards and perpetually another has stepped in to fill that void. 

Who’s the new guy ready to lead the Frogs in 2014? “We’re still figuring that out,” says head coach Garrett O’Donnell.

Perhaps it’s Max Steiner, a 6-foot senior with biceps the size of his double-wide smile.

“It’s still a process,” Steiner says about becoming a point guard. He’s been a slashing shooting guard his whole life until O’Donnell stuck him in the starting five as a point.

The Frogs knocked off Bishop McNamara (Md.) in the Hoop Group Elite Team Camp on Saturday.

“As soon as I started hitting a few shots everything sort of felt better,” he said.

After all, Maret stretched the floor with a balanced attack. Steiner finished with a game-high 21. Sophomore forward Luka Garza chipped in 15.

The Frogs’ screen action on the post opened up seams for Garza to fire suave hook shoots. If the ball came back to the perimeter, typically two more passes found an open shooter.

“It’s a nice change,” said Steiner. Maret has seldom had a big man who has had such consistent success.

“We love to throw it inside,” said O’Donnell. “We’re trying to teach that more and more.”

He said Garza is showing at camp he’s ready to take on a larger scoring role.

“In our first few summer games I had to get out of playing like a freshman and change my mindset,” Garza said. “I’m in a new role now and it makes me really happy.”

Steiner said Garza’s ability to score makes the front court harder to guard.

“It’s great for me that I know I can throw it in there to Luka or the others and they can score,” he said. “I know if it’s not there it’s coming right back to me.”

Steiner is receiving interest from Brown, Oberlin College, Swarthmore College and MIT, he said.

Garza said he has prospects from George Washington, Davidson, Yale and Columbia, among others.

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