Prep Bound Part One
Just like most years, a number of New England prospects have chosen to take post-graduate years before beginning their college careers. NERR will be highlighting many of these players in Prep Bound articles in the near future.
Northwest Catholic (CT) graduate Hayden Abdullah will be taking a post-graduate year at DME Academy (FL). Abdullah is a floor spacing forward with cutting instincts and rim protection ability. He helped the Lions reach the CIAC Division II State Championship this past season. Abduallah competed on the HGSL circuit with Team Spartans.
Abdullah’s high school teammate Matt Curtis elected to do his post-graduate year in his home state. He will suiting up for Avon Old Farms in NEPSAC Class A. The shooting guard just finished up a decorated prep career for the Lions, finishing as the school’s all time leading scorer. After playing his PG season for the Winged Beavers, Curtis will be joining Fairfield in the MAAC. He was also an AAU teammate of Abdullah’s with Team Spartans.
Coming off a sensational senior season at Boston College High School, Mike Loughnane chose to take an extra year before college and play for Phillips Exeter Academy. He led the Eagles to an MIAA Division 1 state championship and was named Massachussetts MaxPreps Player of the Year. In addition to his high school accomplishments, Loughnane was an integral piece on a Middlesex Magic team that won the Under Armour Association Spring Championship. He will be playing for Davidson starting in the fall of 2023.
Another Middlesex Magic prospect headed to the NEPSAC for a post-graduate year is Harvard commit Aidan Cammann. He will be playing in Class AAA for Brewster Academy. The big man helped lead the Golden Warriors to the MIAA Division 1 State Semifinals this past high school season, averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cammann also earned Eagle-Tribune MVP honors and was Boston Herald All-Scholastics selection.
After playing at Hamilton-Wenham, Markus Nordin is headed north to suit up for Bridgton Academy. He is an explosive wing who can hit standstill three-pointers and impact the game defensively with his high motor. Nordin was an important piece for a Prodigy Basketball squad that won the Grassroots XL East Regional title. He will look to carry that momentum from the grassroots season into NEPSAC AAA this winter.