Done for Dartmouth
Northfield Mount Hermon School and New England Playaz guard Ian Sistare committed to Dartmouth today following his acceptance from the school's admission department.
His commitment is an important one for newly appointed head coach David McLaughlin as Sistare wasn't just the best player left on the board but also a local New Hampshire native known for his toughness and intangibles.
"Ian's attitude toward winning and approach toward building a positive culture is definitely something that will benefit the Dartmouth program immediately," NMH head coach John Carroll said.
Soon to be a four-year graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon, Sistare's tenure included as successful periods in NMH basketball history.
His career at NMH both began and ended with monumental championships. As a freshman, he was part of the 2013 team that won a National Prep Championship and most recently his senior leadership was the foundation for a team that won a NEPSAC Class AAA championship.
NMH won a total of 127 games and advanced to four straight national Final Fours during Sistare's four years. He personally played in 135 games and scored over 1,000 career points.
He’ll be the final player from that 2013 National Championship team to matriculate to college and his commitment adds to an academic story that is perhaps even more impressive than their success on the floor that season as they’ve collectively gone on to Yale (2), Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Stanford, Tulane, Boston College, George Washington and now Dartmouth.
"It has been my honor representing Northfield Mount Hermon for the last four years," Sistare said. "I look forward to my next challenge of being a student athlete at Dartmouth College."
From a basketball standpoint, there’s no doubt that Sistare saved his best for last, turning in a huge senior season and earning 2nd team All New England honors in the process.
He averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game on the season while also shooting 41% from the three-point line. Perhaps more impressive though was his ability to raise the level of his game when the lights were on the brightest.
He had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the NEPSAC finals while also putting up triple-doubles earlier in the season against both New Hampton School (where he had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists) as well as South Kent School (with 14 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds).
Now, he brings that winning pedigree with him to Dartmouth to help build a new program in his home state.