As winter gradually comes to a close and spring begins to roll in, unsigned players left in the class of 2018 are going to start to come off the board at an increasing rate.
This week, we saw the beginning of that process as three talented local prospects made their decisions.
- Williston Northampton senior Caleb Cost will be heading back home to Maine after utilizing his years in the prep world to play his way into the NESCAC. The Brunswick, Maine native will be suiting up for nearby Bowdoin College next year, but first he'll look to help Williston make another run in Class A as they figure to be among the top contenders. Cost is a physically strong perimeter player with a good shooting stroke and a high basketball I.Q. He knows how to play without the ball, makes extra passes, and is even deceptively long with a 6-foot-8 wingspan.
- Kingswood Oxford School senior guard Nick Casiano will continue his career at Eastern Connecticut State University he announced Thursday night. Casiano, who began his career at Wethersfield High School before spending the last two seasons at K-O, has had a storied high school career with over 2,000 points including a recent 34 points effort on senior night. ECSU currently has a top ten nationally ranked division III program and Casiano is the type of proven volume scorer who should be able to help continue that tradition. Below are some of his recent highlights.
Nick Casiano drops 34 on Senior Night as @WyvernAthletics beats Millbrook 76-73. KO 12-6 @NERRHoops @NEPrepBB @NEPSAC @CTHoopsNews @ct_select @CTHSSports @RareReminderJH @ThReal_NickCaz @purbasket1 pic.twitter.com/vfAPowbq9b— Dr. Noel Casiano (@NoelCasiano) February 14, 2018
- Northfield Mount Hermon School announced the latest commitment in their 2018 class on Friday as Zach Light is headed to Colgate University. Light become the 8th and final member of NMH's senior class to finalize his recruitment with all 8 now headed to the scholarship level. Light is a New York native who developed a reputation for being about as tough a competitor as you'll find early in his prep career. The southpaw is well-built with a solid skill set but what really differentiates him is his constant effort and ability to thrive on contact. He ran with the New York Lightning's EYBL team this year and helped them return to the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.
- On Friday afternoon, Worcester Academy announced that post-graduate forward Matt Carlin would be continuing his athletic career in the NESCAC at Connecticut College. A native of upstate New York where he previously played for a proud Jamesville-Dewitt program, Carlin is a 6-foot-6 forward with developing inside-out schools. He has a solid frame that is just beginning to fill out and a soft touch that extends from the paint to the arc. He's made notable strides this season and is another prospect who has significant upside still left to discover.