Nugent Nabs Holy Cross Opportunity

By Jared Exler | Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Nugent Nabs Holy Cross Opportunity

Tabor Academy & Middlesex Magic forward Joe Nugent announced his commitment to Holy Cross earlier this week. 

Nugent had a standout season this past year for Tabor. He averaged 22.3 points and 8.7 rebounds, leading the Seawolves in both categories. His performance led to him earning All-NEPSAC Class A and All-ISL First team honors. 

Nugent played in the Under Armour Association for Middlesex Magic. He was an integral piece on a team that finished 18-3 in UAA play and 34-4 overall for the spring/summer. Nugent led the UAA in EFG% on jumpers per Synergy Sports. 

“We talk to our guys about the importance of doing things in a way that leads to them having good choices with success not coming by accident,” said Tabor head coach Coke Whitworth. Joe has worked extremely hard for many years at this game and consequently, he and his family/support system did things that led to some nice choices for him.”

“I think he fits in very well with what Coach Nelson and his staff are building at Holy Cross. Very selfishly, I am excited I get to go watch him play and know his family and friends are as well.”

“Joe Nugent is undoubtedly one of the finest shooters in Middlesex Magic history,” said Middlesex Magic head coach Michael Crotty. “He is 6’6, has great mechanics and his movement, footwork, and shot preparation are fantastic. Joe shoots at extremely high clips off screens, off the dribble, and in catch and shoot situations.”

“In addition to his shooting, he is a great rebounder with motor and competitive fire. Joe was our leading scorer on a team that went 34-4 (18-3 on UAA) and won the UAA Spring championship! We are extremely proud of Joe and believe he has the chance to step in right away at Holy Cross and have an outstanding career.”

Nugent becomes the first member of Tabor’s 2023 class to finalize their college plans. He is now the third member of Middlesex Magic’s 2023 class who has committed to play for a division one school.