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.