Wednesday, April 8, 2009

More Transfer News

Last updated 10/6/09)
It's been quite a summer for NH schools. Laguerre, King, Fahmy and Tarczewski all leaving their respective high schools to go prep. Fitzpatrick and Connor Green transfer to Memorial and BG respectively. Then a big fella named Isaiah Scurry moves to NH from Florida and decides to join the Crusaders of Memorial. And now this... A year after Phil Hayden left Central to play for Trinity, Gordan Duffley and Jake Hamel follow in his footsteps. Both kids played for the Pioneers tonight in their loss to Memorial. In an "Only in NH" turn of events, Duffley played for Central in their Prelim. round blowout win over Bedford last night, then 24 hours later he suited up for the Pioneers and saw plenty of court time in their quarterfinal loss to Memorial.

And for those out there who say, "Gordan Duffley?", "Who's that?" or, "He barely even played last year for Central." True he didn't play much for the the Little Green last season, but Coach Wheeler only played 6 kids most nights, five of which were seniors. I saw Duffley play quite a bit this spring and summer, and the kid can play. He has a very good all around game. He can drive the hole, shoot from the outside, fight for boards down low, and lead can even play point guard if need be. He's a very strong, quick player and plays well in clutch situations. style="font-family:lucida grande;font-size:100%;">

As if Trinity wasn't deep enough already! I don't know how Coach Keefe is going to find enough playing time for everyone - Hayden, Madol, Stevens, Duffley, Kesty, Aluko, Lanyan, Gabriel, Descoteaux, Lafond, Hamel, Viscarello and Leclerque. Not to mention Lauderdale who I assume is still injured, is he supposed to be back in time for the season? It will definitely make Pioneer practices very competitive, as all 14kids will be fighting for playing time day in and day out, which will make all of them better players. How much run each player sees might be up in the air, but one thing is for sure; only Trinity could have that kind of depth after losing 6 key players off last year's championship squad (Laguerre, Cormac, Richard Madol, Dylan Clark, Nate Valentine and Zach Ibanez).

As for Central, they'll still be pretty good but won't be very deep now. Wickey, Ferge, Lacount and Martinez are good, and they have some decent role players, but they'll miss Duffley's toughness, versatility and senior leadership. And then there's Stisser, who I thought was supposed to be fully recovered from his injury, but he hasn't been playing with the Little Green at BST lately so maybe not.

Duffley is a senior forward, and will be a difference maker for Trinity this season. He got some good experience this spring and summe by playing for Coach Fitzpatrick's NH Rivals 17U AAU team. Hamel played JV for the Little Green last season, and he'll be a sophomore this year. He's about 5'9" and is a solid outside shooter.

Check out my updated Class L team rankings to see how all of this affects the state's balance of power.

10 comments:

  1. I check out your blog before I read the paper,great stuff.It's good to see someone who has the pulse of NH high school sports.Long overdue.

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  2. Who is deeper BG or Trinity?

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  3. I think Trinity is deeper, but BG has a better BG has better team chemistry. Other thsn Green, of thir kids have been playing together for awhile, where Trinity has a lot of scorers so it will be tough to keep everyone happy. The top three teams on my list I consider pretty ionterchangeable right now. Each has a legit shot at winnign Class L.

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  4. great point, should be a fun year.

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  5. BG is in the same situation with their top three. All are potential all staters who don t like to pass as much as they like to shoot. BG though is definitely better on paper than trinity

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  6. I heard from Gabriel that he is playing for Memorial and not Trinity. (I assume u are talking about Mabor up above.)

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  7. Yes, I was talking about Mabor. And I was wondering why he hasn't been playing with Trinity all summer at BST, so I guess that would explain it.

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  8. Jeremy, What is the rule for players transferring from high school to high school. Also what is the rule for AAU coaches recruiting players to go from one school to another?

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  9. Jeremy...where did Tarczewski transfer to? Thanks.

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  10. He transferred to St. Mark's, which has a VERY good basketball program. He reclassified, so he's now in the Class of 2012.

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