Prep Profile New Hampton
There might be a lot of returning players at the New Hampton School, but this will be a very different type of team for head coach Pete Hutchins.
While many of his recent teams have been characterized by their skill and execution on the perimeter, this is far and away the biggest team he’s had since taking charge of the Huskies.
In fact, it’s very possible that New Hampton starts a trio of six-foot-nine forwards next to a six-foot-seven shooting guard.
Syracuse bound forward Tyler Lydon headlines a returning core that also includes recent Boston College pledge A.J. Turner and stretch forward Jeremy Miller. Together that three-man core could potentially start at the middle three spots of the line-up.
There are no shortage of other frontcourt options for the other starting spot up front, beginning with Eddie Ekiyor, a six-foot-nine four-man from north of the border and clear high-major prospect. Eikyor has picked up new offers from Kansas State, Providence, Wake Forest, UMass, and Duquesne since arriving in New Hampshire while also attracting the attention of Syracuse and UConn among others.
Jimbo Lull is a true center who stands six-feet and eleven inches off the ground and provides an interior anchor on both ends of the floor while Max Rothschild is an ultra efficient six-foot-eight power forward. Six-foot-eight senior Nick Morris, back for his second year, creates even more depth up front.
With six scholarship level prospects, three of which are being recruited at the high-major level, New Hampton has depth of talent along their frontline like no other program in the NEPSAC and a clear way in which they can differentiate themselves.
In fact, Lydon is likely best suited as a face-up four man, but might have to slide over to the three spot out of sheer necessity at times this year, which could push Turner over to the two-guard spot.
If that ends up coming to fruition, the next question will be in regard to the point guard position. Donovan Love is certainly an option as the junior is back for his second season at New Hampton and set to take on a bigger role.
The biggest addition in the backcourt is that of Baltimore native John Crosby, a six-foot-three combo-guard who was a breakout star from the summer grassroots circuit and only recently committed to Dayton but also saw high-major offers from a variety of other programs. He’s going to be extremely difficult to keep off the floor because of his ability to make plays and lock down defensively.
Should he earn the starting point guard role New Hampton wouldn’t just have size along their frontline, they’d have tremendous positional size at all five spots on the floor.
Bradley Jomard, a post-grad from France, continues that theme as a big six-foot-six guard who will be another impact addition on the perimeter. Anthony Gaines, who is doubling as a football star, gives them an explosive athlete to throw into the mix and someone who already holds a number of scholarship offers in the 2017 class.
Danny Levitt and Quincy Aubertine are two returning guards who are hoping to crack the rotation in their senior seasons while Zach Bergeron and Taylor Bennett are a pair of incoming junior guards who will add further perimeter depth.
What we know for sure is that New Hampton has great size across their entire line-up and an especially deep front line. What we don’t know is how they’ll look to utilize that size. Will they pound it down low? Will they slow the game down? Will they sit back in a zone? Will their guards be more aggressive forcing turnovers because of the size behind them? It all remains to be seen, but one way or another, this is going to be a brand new type of team in New Hampton.