We saw a trio of local prep products commit to NESCAC programs this weekend – here’s a rundown:
Leotsakos to Connecticut College
Bridgton Academy post-graduate forward Phil Leotsakos committed to Connecticut College immediately after receiving his acceptance notification this weekend. A 2014 graduate of Boston College High School, Leotsakos has also been a longtime member of the Middlesex Magic AAU program.
“Phil is one of the best athletes and most instinctual players who has ever played in the Magic program,” Michael Crotty Jr. said, noting his ability to defend multiple positions, slash to the bucket, and rebound the ball. “I think Phil’s athleticism and strength as a two-way player will allow him to make an immediate impact at Connecticut College. Phil has been a member of the Middlesex Magic for five years, and coaching him and seeing his growth and development as a player have been a true joy.”
Leotsakos becomes the fifth Magic product to commit to the Camels in the last two years joining current freshmen Aaron Swenson, Sean McNally, Lee Messier and Isaiah Robinson.
Preston Pledges to Tufts
Another Middlesex Magic product, Lawrence Academy guard Tim Preston, committed to Tufts last week. Preston spent the better part of the spring and summer as the Magic’s starting point guard and has continued to play a big role for LA this year. A true two-sport athlete, Preston was widely recruited by a number of college football and basketball program. He initially committed to Tufts to play football, but intends to play both sports.
“Tim has great size, strength, and quickness at the point guard position,” Crotty said. “He is an extremely physical defender who consistently disrupts the offensive flow of opposing teams. Tim is an excellent penetrator with very explosive dribble moves who gets into the paint to score and to create for others. Tim is a very solid shooter off the dribble and in catch and shoot situations.”
With Preston and Leotsakos now off the board, the Magic now have a total of 12 commitments in their 2015 class: Jackson Donahue & Collin McManus, Penn; Isaiah McLeod, Southern Connecticut; Michael Grassey, Hamilton; Brendan OShea, Rochester; Rohan Shukla, Haverford; Aidan Wright, Kenyon; Hugh ONeil, Bowdoin; Trever Dow, Harvard (volleyball); and Connor Merinder, Trinity.
Frater Commits to Bates
Kimball Union post-graduate point-guard Elijah Frater will attend Bates College next year, KUA head coach Michael Olson announced via twitter this weekend.
A graduate of Trevor Day School in New York City, Frater has played an important role for the Wildcats this season. He’s a true point guard, content to run the show offensively, but able to provide a valuable on-ball defender on the other end.
KUA has remained in post-season contention with an in-league record of 5-6 with four AA games on this week’s schedule.