Richard Montgomery’s Justin Senou showcases versatile skill set

March 28, 2013

Montgomery County’s leading scorer never really settled into a position this basketball season. For Richard Montgomery to be successful, senior Justin Senou had to do a little bit of everything.

With a skill set that seemed to fit best at small forward, the 6-foot-2 Senou regularly ran the point on offense for the Rockets and then hustled back down court to defend the post. He led the county in scoring with 19.9 points per game and also paced the team in assists (4.5 apg) and steals (2.5 spg) and finished second in rebounds (6.5 rpg).

“I was basically a scorer, I guess,” Senou said after last week’s Montgomery County senior all-star game with a chuckle. “Not really a one. Not a two. Coach [David Breslaw] trusted me enough to give me the ball, so I did what I could.”

In his first season as varsity coach, Breslaw appreciated that can-do attitude. When Breslaw was junior varsity coach at the Rockville school, he’d helped convince Senou to come to Richard Montgomery for ninth grade, spurning interest from several private schools.

Senou played one J.V. season for Breslaw before becoming a varsity starter, and even after the coach moved on to take the head job at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, he stayed in contact with Senou. They were re-united this season with Senou carrying the Rockets to an 8-13 record, which included an upset win over Springbrook in Senou’s final home game.

Senou led the team in scoring each of the past three seasons, and last month, he became the sixth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

“I tried to come out really hard and tried to put them on the map a little bit,” said Senou, who scored a career-high 30 points in a 56-44 win over Whitman on Jan. 30. “We had a disappointing season, but next year’s team should be pretty good.”

Senou’s next stop will be prep school with hopes of landing at a Division I college in the future. He’s talked with Proctor Academy in New Hampshire and Marianapolis Prep and Suffield Academy in Connecticut, among others. He said he’s had early contact with Fairleigh Dickinson and UNC Wilmington as a Class of 2014 prospect.

Senou said he’d like to refine his ball-handling skills to become a more viable point guard at the next level, but it’s unclear which back-court position might suit him best going forward if he stays at the same height. He’d like to pack on some muscle and improve his jump shot as he looks to the future.

“There’s definitely a path for him out there,” Breslaw said. “He just needs a little luck.”

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