Tennessee Standout Recruit Justine Pissott Is A Natural Leader

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John Jones | For NJ Advance Media

In the world of modern-day hoops, the importance of the three-point line cannot be overstated. Having key knock-down shooters not only satisfies advanced analytics but also forces the defense to extend out, which in turn leaves the defense out-of-place. Having a player who can stretch the floor while simultaneously being able to put the ball on the floor and drive is every coach's dream. Justine Pissott, the #2 ranked forward in the class of 2022 does just that and so much more. Committed to playing collegiate ball at the University of Tennessee, Pissott’s hoops legacy is just beginning. 

Pissott finished out her senior year of high school playing for Red Bank Catholic in New Jersey. Standing at 6’4”, Pissott possesses great size and frame to play the forward position at the next level. Because of her height, Pissott does an excellent job backing down defenders and finishing inside. Due to her ability to play with her back to the basket, opposing teams try to throw a bigger defender on Pissott, but her ability to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket makes her a matchup nightmare. Pissott’s specialty however is her ability to knock down the deep ball. Pissott not only can hit the catch-and-shoot threes but is keen at getting to her spots off the dribble for easy points. Routinely forcing defenders to check her as soon as she gets the ball, Pissott is a constant threat to score. 

Other than being able to score from any spot on the floor, Pissott plays with an extremely high level of basketball IQ on the defensive side. Her size and length gives her the ability to help on opposing players driving to the hoop to finish off a block. Pissott was able to average over one block and steal per game in her senior season because of her defensive prowess. Although her average of 3.5 assists per game may look low, Red Bank plays a fast-flowing offense that regularly sees teammates swinging the ball. Pissott is a key contributor to that offensive style as a mediator at the top of the key. 

Slated to participate in this year's McDonald’s All-American game at the end of March, Justine Pissott will get the opportunity to showcase her skills and leadership at the national level. Possessing the outside shot and high-iq that Pissott has, I have no doubt in my mind she will flow free and easy during the high school all-star game. The Tennessee Volunteers didn’t just get an elite hooper in Pissott, they also get an elite leader.

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