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Flynn/Harris Draft 2009

December 13, 2006

JONNY FLYNN, part 2: Flying high at the Falls

Legendary hoops coach Al “Doc” Massotti always had a philosophy that freshmen shouldn’t be on the varsity, let alone play on the varsity.

But after watching a short, scrawny ninth-grader named a few years back, the late Niagara Falls High School assistant, could do nothing but shake his head and say: “He’s that damn good.”

Jonny Flynn totaled just 96 points as a freshman in 2003-04, but sewed the seeds for a marvelous career that culminates before our eyes this winter.

The days with the Js

As a sixth grader at Gaskill Middle School, Flynn longed to have the chance to play modified ball with his cousins Eric Flynn and James Starks. But that wasn’t going to happen because only seventh and eighth graders were allowed on the modified teams.

So what did Flynn do?

He bypassed modified a year later as a seventh grader and moved right up to the junior varsity.

“I was begging to be on the modified in sixth grade with Eric, James, (Greg) Gamble and all them, but they wouldn’t let me,” Flynn said. “After I saw the competition they played, I didn’t think it would do me any good to play modified, so I played JV.”

That’s something that Flynn has always done, according to NFHS assistant coach Sal Constantino.

“One thing that he always wanted to do from day one was to play up,” Constantino said. “He always liked the challenges of playing the older kids.”

But even in Flynn’s mind, the seventh grade season was to be a learning year, where he’d gain invaluable knowledge sitting on the bench and watching players like Gamble, Starks and Tyrell Lynch.

“I was thinking that I was just going to be learning things at practice and not seeing a whole lot of playing time,” he said.

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  • 090629 FLYNN1 BASKETBALL: 3-on-3 tourney in Falls to honor Jonny Flynn Mayor Paul Dyster announced this week plans to move forward with an outdoor basketball competition, similar in style to the popular Gus Macker three-on-three tournament held in Buffalo each year.

    June 30, 2009 1 Photo

  • 090629 FLYNN2 BASKETBALL: Jonny Flynn given key to Niagara Falls Niagara County legislator Renae Kimble proclaimed Monday as Jonny Flynn Day in the county before bestowing large expectations on the two-time Niagara Gazette Player of Year.

    June 29, 2009 1 Photo

  • BASKETBALL: Harris to join Flynn on T-Wolves summer squad Paul Harris said Monday that he will accept an offer to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the upcoming NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where Jonny Flynn will also make his professional debut after Minnesota made him the sixth overall pick in last week’s NBA draft.

    June 29, 2009

  • 090623 harris in falls2 BASKETBALL: Harris keeps his head in the game Paul Harris returned to the Niagara Falls High School Wolverena to workout Friday, determined to pursue an NBA career despite going undrafted the night before. Harris said the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Bulls have extended summer league invitations so far.

    June 26, 2009 1 Photo

  • New Timberwolves Basketball BASKETBALL: Timberwolves say Flynn, Rubio will make dynamic backcourt Timberwolves president David Kahn told jittery supporters he believes Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick, and Niagara Falls' Jonny Flynn, the sixth pick, will play off of each other extremely well and “together, we will have one of the most dynamic defensive backcourts in the NBA over time.”

    June 26, 2009 1 Photo

  • BASKETBALL: Flynn selection is Falls' finest hour A team that first dominated the Niagara Frontier League, then a power-packed independent schedule got its ultimate validation on Thursday at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater when former Niagara Falls High School point guard Jonny Flynn was among the first names called off by National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern at the 2009 Draft.

    June 26, 2009

  • SCHMITT: Destiny plays trick on Flynn Jonny Flynn has talent. Always has. Tim Winn talked about it years ago, saying he’d be the best of the Niagara Falls bunch. He was right, as Thursday’s events can attest.

    June 25, 2009

  • 090624 harris in falls BASKETBALL: With assist from Flynn, Harris looking to NBA Draft Of all the times Jonny Flynn set up Paul Harris on the court over the years, Harris holds the most gratitude for the latest assist off the floor.

    June 24, 2009 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_348233734 JONNY FLYNN, part 3: What does the future have in store? Where does the Niagara Falls senior see himself after his time as a Wolverine is done?

    June 24, 2009 1 Photo

  • NCAA Syracuse Basketball BASKETBALL: NBA sizes up Jonny Flynn Reports out of Chicago, where the NBA just concluded its pre-draft scouting combine, indicated the Niagara Falls native measured out as one of the shortest players in attendance, but his performance in competitive drills solidified his status as a potential top 10 pick.

    May 30, 2009 1 Photo

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