Saint Joseph Loading Up
This week though, they landed several more.
Among the group of players now committed to play for Jim Calhoun is the Choate Rosemary Hall tandem of Brad Landry and Jake Sullivan, Hotchkiss School wing Ryan ONeil, Woodstock Academy point guard Chris Childs, and Master's School wing Tahj Brown.
In short it's as good of a division III recruiting class as we've seen in recent memory.
Landry and Sullivan played pivotal roles for a Choate team that made an inspired run to a NEPSAC Class A championship this year. Landry is a knockdown shooter with a high release. Sullivan is a jack-of-all trades utility player who impacts the game in a multitude of ways. Both have heady floor games.
O'Neil had a huge season at Hotchkiss where he was both the team's leading scorer and also selected All-New England in Class A. He went on to earn division II scholarship offers following the season but instead opted to join the Bluejays.
Childs is a player who was widely recruited at scholarship levels over the course of his prep career. A true floor general, he emerged as the back-up point guard for a Woodstock Academy team that was consistently among the best prep programs in the country this year.
Brown is a true sleeper. He might not have had as big a reputation as some of his Master's teammates, but his overall impact on the game was as consistent and versatile as anyone. He's smooth, skilled, has a good feel for the game, and is definitely emerging.
Other Recent Commitments
- The Taft School tandem of Frank Lumaj and Adam Drummond are both off the board. Lumaj will head to Catholic University in Washington D.C. where he'll provide the prestigious D3 program with an emerging post player. Drummond gives Dickinson College an absolute steal in a big, 6-foot-5, point guard with a terrific feel for the game.
- KUA guard Kamal Aubakirov is headed to Kenyon College in Ohio. Aubakirov has improved tremendously over the last two years and developed into a knockdown shooter with a high basketball I.Q. and college ready body. He'll inevitably carve out a role for himself at the prestigious academic school in Ohio.
- Northwest Catholic guard Luca Mirabello is headed to Wentworth Institute of Technology next year. Mirabello is a skilled, smart, and tough guard who will be a very solid player at the next level.
- The D3 arms race in Connecticut continued and Eastern Connecticut struck back with Trinity Catholic and Stamford Peace wing Dimitry Moise. A high level athlete who won a state championship as a junior and was an all-state selection this year, Moise is a big addition for ECSU.
- Moise's former teammate, Peter Galgano, is headed to Manhattanville College after spending his post-graduate year at Wilbraham and Monson. Galgano helped Trinity Catholic High School win a CIAC state championship as a senior and will now be heading back closer to home.
- St. Luke's guard Andrew Varoli will also be staying close to home as he'll continue his playing career at Sarah Lawrence College. Varoli is a pure shot-maker who helped St. Luke's to a NEPSAC Class C championship in his junior year and played an even bigger role as a senior.
- Fitchburg State landed a proven scorer in Winthrop High School's Tayjaun McKenzie. A proven bucket getter who starred in the MIAA as well as both with the New England Storm and Metro Boston on the grassroots levels, McKenzie should be able to make an immediate impact. Fellow Winthrop guard Devin Pulsifer will also stay nearby to play his college basketball following his commitment to Emmanuel College.
- Shepherd Hills forward Jason ORegan is heading to Nichols College next year. O'Regan is a versatile, 6-foot-5 forward capable of playing multiple positions and scoring from different spots on the floor.
- Jeremy Remigio, a big and crafty guard from Central High School in Rhode Island, is headed to Anna Marie College in Massachusetts next year.
- Needham High School has their latest college player as Brandon Monheimer is headed to Roger Williams. A knockdown shooter, Monheimer has a college ready niche to his game with an expanded skill set to match.
- Cambridge, Rindge, & Latin forward Jonathan Cenescar will follow in the footsteps of Dimon Carrigan and head to Bunker Hill Community College next year. Notre Dame Prep guard D.J. Mitchell, one of the best scorers in New England this year, is also headed to the junior college route after signing with Hutchinson Community College.
- Bridgton Academy swingman David DeMarcus will return to his home state of Kentucky to play at Centre College. A skilled wing with good perimeter size, DeMarcus is a hard-working player with a bright future.
- Newton North guard David Speidel is headed to Eastern Nazareth next season. Speidel is a tough two-way guard who has been well coached on both ends of the floor and was part of one of the MIAA's best backcourts this season.
- One of Vermont's most decorated seniors, Kevin Garrison, won't be going very far at all as he'll stay in Burlington to play for Saint Michael's College in the Northeast 10 Conference.
- Lee Academy guard Marcus Friend will play for Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. Friend is a physically strong lead guard who can make plays and run a team alike.