Rising freshman Lorca already impressing coaches

thEven as someone with two offers, including one already from a Big 10 program, before even starting high school, Maxwell Lorca is staying focused on working on his game and continuing to improve, no matter how high his stock continues to rise.

“It’s really exciting for me, because it’s just that I already know what I can do for the future. It’s crazy,” he said. “I just know that I need to keep working hard because there’s bigger and brighter things I can do.”

As just a rising freshman who will be attending NEPSAC power Northfield Mount Hermon next year, Lorca already boasts offers from Penn State and Saint Peter’s. Standing at 6-foot-10– doctors say he has a chance to be 7-2– with an incredibly long frame, it’s easy to see the potential that Pat Chambers’ and John Dunne’s respective staffs saw in the young big man.

At this point, he’s still caught between whether to put on weight and become a force inside, or expand his perimeter game and become more of a Kevin Durant-style wing. He’s got time to make that decision, though, and for now is making sure to improve all facets of his game in the mean time.

“Right now, I’m trying to develop everything that I can develop so I can have all the skills that I need to be a great basketball player,” he said. “I think right now it’s gonna be in the post, but I want to be able to change that in the future.”

He’ll be in a great position to learn, as he walks into a prestigious Northfield Mount Hermon program that is sending five of its seven players to the Division I level just this year, and already have a big man committed to Penn for 2016 in A.J. Brodeur.

Lorca is also a part of the PSA Cardinals AAU program, which currently has no fewer than five high-major interior prospects in its system. With so much time to grow as a player, Lorca is making sure to pick up as much as he can from the talented bigs that he’s surrounded by.

“I try to do a lot of the stuff that they do because that’s what makes them great players,” he said. “Just being around all these great big guys, it’s just helping me work on my game, it’s helping me develop a lot more.”

A top-flight academic school as well, Northfield Mount Hermon is especially known for pumping out Ivy League recruits. In order to be successful there, Lorca knows he will need to develop not only on the court, but also in the classroom.

“I definitely need to get stronger. I need to work on my game a lot, specifically my handle and my post moves, and my strength,” he said. “Also, I just need to keep my academics up as well, because it’s also a great academic school and I just need to make sure everything is the best I can do.”

This is Lorca’s first Hoop Group Elite Camp, but he also attended the New York Top 100 camp last spring. This week, he’s one of just two rising freshman playing with the upperclassmen, but seems to be acclimating himself well on a team alongside fellow PSA Cardinal Samuel Japhet-Mathias.

“It’s been great. I’ve been able to learn a lot from all the camps and I’ve been able to just work on my game,” Lorca said. “It’s been a little bit difficult because of obviously the strength and the skill of the other players, but I’m adjusting to it.”

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