Rising Senior Spotlight - Matt Mulvey
Matt Mulvey wasn't the first guy you noticed when you watched Brooks play this year - they had the frontcourt duo Sam Thomson and Myles Foster, two well-known 2021 guards with early offers in George Smith and Tyler Whitney-Sidney, and an up-and-coming 2022 guard in Darrel Yepdo.
Yet, what Mulvey did during the course of the season wasn't just emerge, but prove himself as vital a contributor as any player on the roster, not to mention a division I prospect.
He came into the season with some early interest from NE-10 and NESCAC level schools, which continued to grow during the course of the season. He then began to hear from programs in the America East, Patriot League, and Ivy League before UMass Lowell became the first D1 to offer him a scholarship in March.
While he was set to build off that momentum this spring and continue to pursue his goal of playing at the D1 level, the coronavirus took that away from him. Now, one of the top shooters and most improved players in New England's class of 2021 waits for another chance to get back on the court and continue to demonstrate the growth in his game.
Grassroots: Middlesex Magic
By the Numbers
2019-20 Stats: 11ppg & 68 made threes (2.5/game)
Academics: 3.8 GPA & 1370 SAT
I currently play on one of the best prep school teams and best AAU programs in New England, both littered with Division One and scholarship players that I compete with and against day in and day out. And I feel like I have proven time and time again that I belong right at the same level as them. Since I decided to transfer to Brooks, my game has grown quite a bit. I have gotten taller, stronger, and have become more than just a catch and shoot guy, as I now feel very comfortable creating off the dribble not only for myself but for others. I am very competitive and play with a chip on my shoulder, and I feel like that has definitely helped me develop especially over the past year. While my measurables may not be off the charts and I may not pass the eye test, I feel like my skill level and mental makeup more than offsets that. I have proven to myself over the past year that I can compete with just about anybody.
"Matt works as hard as any player I've coached in my seventeen years here at Brooks- He loves the game of basketball and he is relentless in his pursuit of improvement. He made a huge jump this year from his sophomore to junior year thanks to this hard work and he has become a much more complete player at both ends of the court. Matt is still a great shooter (on the catch or off the dribble) who makes it impossible for his defender to help out on the ball or to the rim, but he is now also an effective ball handler and facilitator, and his defense has improved tremendously since he arrived here last year. Matt's trajectory continues to point upwards, with skills that will translate well to the college game and I am confident that his best basketball is still ahead of him. On top of all of that, Matt does everything the right way in our classrooms and in our community- he's someone college coaches will be proud to have in their program."
- John McVeigh, Head Coach, Brooks School
"Matt is the consummate gym rat who is constantly adding to his game. Matt has earned his billing as an elite shooter off screens, off the dribble and in catch and shoot scenarios. Matt is one of the most driven young men and most consistent winners I have had the pleasure to coach."
- Mike Crotty, Director, Middlesex Magic
"First and foremost, Mulvey is a high-level shot-maker. He has a quick release in rhythm, can knock them down on the move or off the dribble, and with deep range. He's also got an element of 'swag' to him that all great shooters share. Beyond that though, Mulvey is now far from one-dimensional. He's slippery off the dribble, with a very good left hand, and ultra-crafty finishing package. He may not be consistently over the rim yet but he has floaters, pull-ups, and lay-ups with both hands, both feet, and atypical angles. A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I candidly didn't have him on my division I radar, but he exceeded all expectations this year at Brooks and proved himself in the process."
- Adam Finkelstein, ESPN & NERR