Lynch headlines latest commitment catch-up
Wheeler School (RI) shooting guard Graham Lynch committed to Wheaton College (MA) earlier this week.
A private liberal arts college in Norton, Massachusetts, Wheaton is a division III school that competes in the highly competitive NEWMAC (New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference).
"I chose Wheaton because I was looking for a small school with a great academic reputation and a strong basketball tradition," Lynch said. "I'm really excited for the opportunities that Wheaton has to offer."
The sharp-shooting Lynch could be an immediate contributor for the Lyons, especially with the graduation of 1,000 point scorer and All-NEWMAC guard, Billy Battaglia. Lynch is a two-time All-SENE and two-time NEPSAC All-New England selection who scored 1274 career points.
This season, Lynch averaged over 19 points per game and knocked down 78 three-pointers while leading Wheeler to it's fifth consecutive NEPSAC Class C Tournament appearance. Lynch connected on 8 three's, while collecting 28 points and 12 rebounds in the Warriors opening round loss to Winchendon.
"Graham has gained a reputation locally as a shooter and a scorer," Sean Kelly, Wheeler's head coach said. "But what is most impressive has been his development as an all-around player. His basketball IQ, length, and ability to rebound the ball make him a tremendous asset on the court at the next level."
Lynch was also recently selected as a Rhode Island Independent School Star by The Providence Journal for the second straight season.
Maine Sharp-Shooter Staying Close to Home
Kennebunk senior guard Zach MacKinnon will play at Thomas College next year in Waterville, Maine.
One of the top shooters in the state this year, MacKinnon was named first team All-Conference in the WMC and also a McDonald's Senior All-Star. Earlier in the season, he set a new record for most made three-pointers in Kennebunk High School history.
Two weeks ago, his marksmenship was on full display as he connected on 11 three-pointers in a single game at the Northeast Hoops Festival.
Salisbury Guard Heading Home to Canada
Salisbury School senior guard Kendrick Jolin is returning to Montreal to continue his basketball career at McGill University, one of the top academic schools in Canada.
It was nearly three years ago that Jolin arrived at Salisbury from his native Montreal. He's been a starter in the team's backcourt ever since, honorable mention All-New England in each of the last two years and the team captain this year as a senior.
Also a top notch student in the classroom, Jolin is a well-built guard with a strong body and good ability to get into the lane and make plays for himself and others.
GFA Guard Picks Pomona
Greens Farms Academy's Alberto Larraguibel has committed to play basketball next tear for Pomona College (CA).
The Greenwich native played for the Dragons varsity team this season and was part of their New England Prep School championship team last year.
Larraguibel, immigrated from Chile as a 10 year old, and nows lives with his mother in Greenwich. He was named the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club's "Youth of the Year" and "Top Ten Teens to Watch" by Greenwich Magazine in 2015.
"As much as things change in this complex world, it's still reassuring that hard work formula still seems to pay off. The coaches' nickname for Chile was 'Work'. He worked really hard in the classroom and in the gym to make this pay off in a big way for him," GFA coach Doug Scott commented. "He was an immigrant child, raised in an hard working, single parent home, and now he has the funding and the opportunity to attend and graduate from a truly outstanding college. This is a big win for Chile and for things that are good in the world."