Tuesday, August 31, 2010

O'Brien Headed to Brewster


Another one bites the dust.

Yet another basketball player is leaving the NHIAA for prep school. Bedford High's junior point guard Richard O'Brien is transferring to Brewster Academy.

O'Brien is a 5'10" guard and an absolute gym rat. The kid is always in the gym working on his game. He's a very hard worker and plays hard every minute he's out on the floor. Something else I like about his game is that he puts in just as much effort when playing defense as he does on the offensive end. O'Brien is a tough, hard nosed player and an above average defender. He's a good ball handler, a solid shooter and is not afraid to take it to the rim against bigger players.

This is a good opportunity for Richard, but a tough loss for the Bedford basketball team. He was slated to be the team's starting point guard and floor general for the next 2 years. Now it will likely be Matt Beaulieu and Trevor Glassman starting in the Bulldogs backcourt. Both are good players, but they're both more comfortable and effective on the wing.

I still expect Bedford to be one of the top 5-6 teams in boys Division II this season. Other than Milford, the rest of the division is down, no question about it. All summer my #2, #3 and #4 teams in the division were Bedford, Souhegan and Pelham (in that order). But Pelham's second best player Mike Lombard is headed to Proctor Academy, which is a BIG loss for the Pythons. Souhegan was supposed to return 4 starters this year. But one of those players, junior guard Jack Nelson, has moved to Illinois. And now Bedford loses their starting point guard and one of their top returning players in O'Brien. Meanwhile all of Milford's players are healthy as can be and all had very productive summers. If anyone comes within 10 points of them all year I'll be shocked.

Back to O'Brien. This move will challenge him (in a good way) both athletically and academically. He will play more basketball in the first 6 weeks of the school year at Brewster than he would have all winter long if he stayed at Bedford. He might be a little outmatched at first on the court talent-wise, going up against a bunch of D-I college prospects everyday in practice. But he's a tireless worker and he's fearless.

Best of luck to Richard.

55 comments:

  1. Jeremy, do you think O'Brien is actually going to play on the Brewster "A" team? Do you think it was a wise choice for a prep school to attend? It seems to me he could have selected a Class B or Class C prep school, where he might actually play, than a team that won the National Championship last year and is loaded every year with high D1 players. Thoughts?

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  2. he might not get a ton of playing time THIS year, but he'll be at Brewster for 3 years. He could end up working his way into some minutes over time. Plus he'll be practicing every day against some big time players which will make him a MUCH better player.

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  3. That is what life is about kids. Try to play at the highest level and see where you stand. If he doesn't pan out athletically he will still be getting a great Prep school education. I think by reclassifying he will have more time to adjust and adapt. Good luck son make the best of the opportunity.

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  4. Look at the facts.....If you play high level AAU or Prep basketball the scholarships do come. Even if they are partials from D2 schools. Jason Smith runs one of the best programs in the country and I am sure O Brien will profit from that. The question is will he attend once he realizes he won't see a second this year. His teammate Fahmy didn't last long so I am sure O Brien realizes this.

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  5. I just hope that he has not been filled with false expectations, by the people/programs that surround him, this has been a common theme for kids around here. The chance of O'Brien seeing any significant minutes at this program even if he stays are all three years are slim, every year big time colleges are sending recruits to Brewster, those kids are the ones that are going to get the PT, otherewise smitty doesnt get those kids moving forward. Richard would be better served if he would have attended a class B, where he would have had an opportunity to compete, class B has proven to be the best resource for NH kids, such as Mike Stys,Will Bayliss, Joey Fremeau, etc. Dont get me wrong, this is a great opportunity/experience provided he enters it with the right mind set. The kids you will become friends and your teammates will be lifelong, the education is great, and the experience of practing/playing with such talent will most definatley improve you game. Have fun and best wishes, enjoy the experience for what its worth.

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  6. Obrien: a 16 year old who is fearless, possesses a remarkable work ethic, strong offensive and defensive skills - and rumor has it a very high GPA- why the heck someone like that would transfer from Bedford to Brewster is beyond me...

    Good luck Richie. Keep aiming high!

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  7. Is there a single perso here who can open their eyes to the idea that he transferred for MORE than sheer athletic reasons?

    The very simple fact is that you are better prepared for college if you attend a private school or a prep school. This is espeically true for high end students.

    As a previous poster pointed out, he will be there for 3 years working every day against talent you cannot find at ANY NHIAA school! If he works hard, he will get the most out of his ability - much more than he would have staying in Bedford.

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  8. I surely dont question the move to prep, its a great opportunity and experience. However you can get the same, if not even better education at a Class B or even class C school and have the opportunity to improve and actually get playing time. Every kid wants to play at the highest level, thats the ego in most of us, sometimes reasoning with ones self, is better served in the long run.

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  9. You have to play to get better and by staying in bedford he would have played.

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  10. Yes, true you have got to play to get better,but you must play against truly better talent in order to raise your game, that being said there is a fine line between playing against better comp and getting in over your head, going to far one way or the other is not beneficial. In this case i think he jumped in a little to deep, i think class B would have been an appropriate level for Richard to raise his game.

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  11. Lets also be honest that Brewster is far from the best education in comparison to many of the prep schools in the area. New Hampton,Phillips and Kimball Union are all better schools academically.
    The fear I would have with that program is the fact that I do not know any players over the last 10 years that started as a solid player in NH that eventually turned into a player that got minutes with the A team. Maybe I am wrong and if I am please give me a name.

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  12. Millard and Lutz are the only Two NH players that have played significant minutes on the A Team at Brewster.

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  13. The kid from Wolfeboro got some minutes two years ago. I forget his name.

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  14. I'm not sure I buy the argument this decision was made for academic reasons. Brewster isn't regarded as one of the better academic prep schools. If the decision was academic based, I think he would have gone to a Proctor, Holderness, or Philips Exeter. The fact this family decided on Brewster, tells me it was absolutely a basketball-driven decision and that there are some false expectations for what his capabilities are.

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  15. Brewster is a much better education than New Hampton and Proctor. I commend O'Brien for making this move. Brewster is the premier prep school program in the state, region, and nation. They have won a National Championship and produced numerous prospects. Three years at Brewster should allow for O'Brien to attract Ivy caliber schools (if his GPA is in fact high). If you are a gym rat, you can earn playing time. If I recall, Smitty played Devan Bailey (was MVP on the soccer team at Brewster) a lot, in fact started him every game. If O'Brien puts in the time on D, he will earn playing time. What would be accomplished by staying at Bedford? In the first month at Brewster, he will have played in front of more coaches than he would in the next 2 years at Bedford. Good luck, Richard! I remember when Brewster and New Hampton played at SNHU a few yrs ago. Why don't they do that any more?

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  16. Brewster is not in the top 25 academically. Not that they are a bad school but no doubt you can find better in the area if Academics is the first priority.

    2010:

    Rank College Preparatory School Location Ivy League+ MIT Stanford Placement(%) SAT Score Harvard Placement Rank MIT Placement Rank Yale Placement Rank Stanford Placement Rank Princeton Placement Rank Student/ Faculty Ratio AP Courses Boarding Grade School Type Day Student Tuition Board Student Tuition Endowment
    1 Phillips Academy Andover MA 30% 2063 10 3 7 11 1 : 5 14 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $30,500 (USD) $39,100 (USD) $623 million (USD)
    1 Phillips Exeter Academy NH 30% 2085 3 14 1 : 5 19 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $29,330 (USD) $37,960 (USD) $806 million (USD)
    1 St. Paul's School NH 30% 2049 12 10 2 1 : 5 19 9th-12th Coed School $41,300 (USD) $334 million (USD)
    4 Groton School MA 26% 2080 5 9 6 1 : 5 13 8th-12th Coed School $33,260 (USD) $44,350 (USD) $237 million (USD)
    4 Milton Academy MA 26% 2062 5 1 : 5 11 9th-12th Coed School $33,150 (USD) $40,395 (USD) $140 million (USD)
    4 Noble and Greenough School MA 26% 1 : 7 19 9th-12th Coed School $32,400 (USD) $37,000 (USD) $42 million (USD)
    7 Deerfield Academy MA 24% 2000 10 10 6 1 : 5 19 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $28,200 (USD) $39,275 (USD) $308 million (USD)
    7 Lawrenceville School NJ 24% 2010 2 1 : 8 11 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $34,680 (USD) $42,350 (USD) $200 million (USD)
    9 Belmont Hill School MA 18% 1990 5 1 : 7 10 9th-12th Boys School $31,000 (USD) $37,150 (USD) $47 million (USD)
    9 Middlesex School MA 20% 2030 15 1 : 5 19 9th-12th Coed School $34,250 (USD) $42,832 (USD) $78 million (USD)
    9 St. Albans School DC 20% 4 12 1 : 7 14 9th-12th Boys School $31,428 (USD) $44,457 (USD) $35 million (USD)
    12 Choate Rosemary Hall CT 18% 2020 1 : 6 19 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $31,310 (USD) $41,520 (USD) $213 million (USD)
    12 Hockaday School TX 18% 1990 7 5 1 : 14 19 8th-12th Girls School $21,815 (USD) $39,919 (USD) $100 million (USD)
    12 Hotchkiss School CT 18% 2015 1 : 5 18 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $34,250 (USD) $40,200 (USD) $357 million (USD)
    12 Thacher School CA 16% 1950 3 1 : 5 17 9th-12th Coed School $37,300 (USD) $40,950 (USD) $92 million (USD)
    16 St. Andrew's School DE 16% 15 1 : 5 11 9th-12th Coed School $40,500 (USD) $170 million (USD)
    17 Peddie School NJ 15% 1 : 6 10 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $30,200 (USD) $39,900 (USD) $249 million (USD)
    18 Taft School CT 13% 1924 1 : 6 19 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $30,700 (USD) $41,300 (USD) $172 million (USD)
    19 Cate School CA 11% 1990 1 : 5 19 9th-12th Coed School $31,100 (USD) $40,000 (USD) $60 million (USD)
    20 Concord Academy MA 10% 2040 1 : 6 14 9th-12th Coed School $34,700 (USD) $42,900 (USD) $41 million (USD)
    20 Georgetown Preparatory School MD 10% 1 : 8 16 9th-12th Boys School $24,200 (USD) $42,150 (USD) $80 million (USD)
    22 Blair Academy NJ 9% 1850 1 : 6 21 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $30,000 (USD) $41,600 (USD) $61 million (USD)
    22 St. George's School RI 9% 1 : 5 19 9th-12th Coed School $28,000 (USD) $41,000 (USD) $95 million (USD)
    24 Webb Schools CA 8% 1940 1 : 7 19 9th-12th Coed School $31,300 (USD) $44,010 (USD) $15 million (USD)
    25 Loomis Chaffee School CT 7% 1 : 5 14 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $31,100 (USD) $41,200 (USD) $150 million (USD)
    25 Northfield Mount Hermon School MA 7% 1 : 7 15 9th-13th (PG) Coed School $29,300 (USD) $41,700 (USD) $137 million (USD)

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  17. My guess is Brewster was selected because of the combination of both academics and top-level basketball.

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  18. Brewster is a much better education than New Hampton and Proctor. I commend O'Brien for making this move. Brewster is the premier prep school program in the state, region, and nation. They have won a National Championship and produced numerous prospects. Three years at Brewster should allow for O'Brien to attract Ivy caliber schools (if his GPA is in fact high). If you are a gym rat, you can earn playing time. If I recall, Smitty played Devan Bailey (was MVP on the soccer team at Brewster) a lot, in fact started him every game. If O'Brien puts in the time on D, he will earn playing time. What would be accomplished by staying at Bedford? In the first month at Brewster, he will have played in front of more coaches than he would in the next 2 years at Bedford. Good luck, Richard! I remember when Brewster and New Hampton played at SNHU a few yrs ago. Why don't they do that any more?

    Thursday, September 2, 2010 1:19:00 AM EDT


    It sounds like from this post your talking right off the bat about the school in terms of a national championship school and should attract ivy league schools for him? And then you go on to say if he plays good defense he will see the floor? I don't if your aware of the calibur of players that play for Brewster or for that matter if Obrien has even played on an elite aau team to see how he would even match up against a d1 player. But the truth is the head coach is going to put the players on the court that will win him games and he carries a deep and talented bench with the last few being kids that rarely see the floor. I think it's important to be realistic when your serching for a prep school if your looking to play basketball at the next level then you need to be on the court so the next level can see you play. When you mention ivy league schools being attracted to him my question is how will see him play if he's not on the floor? In my opinion you should make sure when choosing a school you have both a good education and a good chance to play if your goal is to be have a chance of playing at the next level. Think of how many kids on the Brewster team have a free ride and why.

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  19. Obrien has played elite AAU for years, playing in Adidas 64 tourney at Las Vegas, Hoop Mountain, and the Nationals tourney in Fla to name a few. Hes also in the gym everyday training with current college players and former D1 players who now play in Europe. They work out with him because hes good. To assume he wont earn playing time at Brewster is just wrong.

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  20. Where does he work out with current college players and former D1 players that are now playing in Europe? Just wondering.

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  21. If you are looking for the best in education, you stay in-state and go to the St. Pauls School like Kevin O'Connor , formally of Stevens is doing. That way you can have the best of both worlds...a great education and the chance to play basketball against the best prep school players in New England.
    One day basketball will end for these kids, but its the education that will stay with them forever.

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  22. Jeremy, have you ever seen Brewster play?

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  23. Exeter would be a much better option than St Paul's. Exeter plays against Brewster and other top prep school programs, but St. Paul's doesn't play Brewster's A team or New Hampton, etc.

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  24. Exeter does play St Marks,St Anthony's.Cushing.Tilton and many other top schools. Plenty of talent in that schedule to test yourself.

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  25. The point is ANY prep school is better academically than Bedford high School.

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  26. The results will tell the tale. I wish the kid all the luck in the world. I hope he gets there and gets what he wants out of the school as a whole. As a father of a senior I know that picking a college and a prep school are similar in the fact that you want some balance in the school. Great academics and success after graduation with a good job and hopefully a great experience athletically. Good luck.

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  27. The point is that you can GO to the SAME college academically, at Bedford High School or any High School in general, as long as you take honors and advanced courses. You CAN do this and save yourself 10,000 bucks a year by doing so. BUT idk why anyone is talking about academics, Obrien's move was not about academics it was about basketball.

    And I believe that people shouldn't be commenting on how stupid a decision this is. This is ridicoulous a bunch of people saying how stupid this is and crap. Let it play out. Its Obriens life he can do what he wants.

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  28. I just wished him god luck... jeesh!

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  29. 10,000 a year? Brewster is over 40k a year.

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  30. 12:08, not sure how it has anything to do with this article but yes I have..

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  31. 10:15

    So far as I can tell, no one here has a clue about how much academics played into the decision or what he might be getting in aid from the school.

    You are kidding yourself if you think that when two applications show up at a college and one is from a prep school and one is from a New high school such as Bedford,that they will be looked at and treated equally.

    The private schools and prep schools have a greater ability to cater to the high end students. If you honestly believe that going to any public high school in this state even remotely compares to going to a St. Pauls or a Phillips Exeter you are lost beyond hope. Brewster is not the same as those two, but its certainly on a different plane than Bedford High School.

    Put a couple of kids through college for yourself - visit and talk with admissions people from around the country at large state universities as well as small schools - sit down at the table and see what scholarship money you can get from various institutions based on your HS/Prep academic resume - and then come back and tell us all how much difference there is in going to private/prep school vs a public high school.

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  32. Exeter doesn't play St. Anthony's and I don't think ANY prep schools in the state offer 'free rides.' Yes, most offer financial aid, but must demonstrate need and per the boarding school review schools do not grant 100% aid.

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  33. Not that that is a bad thing but Aid is the key word. A kid in NH has a much better chance of becoming a prep school player if he is one of two things. Well off so the parents can afford to pay or just the opposite. The kids that really get the short end of things are the kids that have the middle class tag on them. I think the system is very uneven right now and needs to be looked at.
    However if you think a player like Barton or Kennedy is paying anything at Brewster I have a bridge... as they would say.

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  34. And I believe that people shouldn't be commenting on how stupid a decision this is. This is ridicoulous a bunch of people saying how stupid this is and crap. Let it play out. Its Obriens life he can do what he wants.

    Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:15:00 PM EDT

    I think that it's great for him to have high expectations but my kid wanted to be in the NBA when he was ten and now he understands the difference between high expectations and reality. If you honestly think for one second he will get playing time over top d1 players then your not being honest with your kid and that's not fair and that's not helping him have a good basketball outlook.

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  35. Was Richard a dominating player last year at the high school level?

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  36. Any kid that plays "A" prep is a kid who can step in immediatley and compete for a position on any div 3/2 team and in some cases even at the div. 1 collegiate level. I appauld O'Brien for wanting to leave home and try something new it is a great experience, as i attended prep myself, and it was a lifelong lasting experience. That being said, Richard has not even impacted the NH "public school" league on consitant basis,I think Brewster might be a little high. He could attend a "B" level school played against very could comp but had the chance to compete. Best of luck!!!!!!

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  37. I don't think ANY prep schools in the state offer 'free rides.'


    Well, so much for your insight. You Are Dead Wrong!

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  38. 9:25 No he was an average player (at best)but considering he was just a sophomore he has the potential to be very good by the time he was a senior. Not a D1 prospect, but that is not a slam because there isn't one d1 prospect in all of class I, sophomores through seniors (freshmen idk)

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  39. Any kid that plays "A" prep is a kid who can step in immediatley and compete for a position on any div 3/2 team and in some cases even at the div. 1 collegiate level.


    If you mean compete for a roster spot, I agree. If you mean compete for a starting position, I disagree.

    IF you change 'plays' to 'stars', you have a chance to be correct. The last guy on the roster is playing at an A prep school, by no means does that equate to giving an experienced 22/23 yr old senior real competition even in D3. A full fledged star might, depending on the situation -> How good the player is that he is competing with for a position.

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  40. @12:06AM- Would you care to put that bridge where your mouth is? LOL. I guarantee that Barton and Kennedy (as you say) are not getting a full scholarship. Everyone must contribute something at the prep schools, such as Brewster, New Hampton, Proctor, Tilton, etc. Need-based financial aid, but schools do not grant full scholarships or offer athletic scholarships.

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  41. Brewster would beat any of the div 3/2 schools in the state. In fact, I think they would compete with the 2 D1 schools in the state? Anyone agree?

    New Hampton is a solid program too.

    Tilton is going to be outstanding for the next 2-3 years. They have a couple of big-time players (2 McDonald's All-American type players).

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  42. Hey 11:18, all I can tell you is that I went to a public high school and went to Darthmouth while some other guy payed 40,000 for private and went to the same college

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  43. Need based Financial aid? What does that mean? Can a person be so need based that they get the entire package paid for? Can the college that the kids have already committed to have something to do with them being there? Could they have a "sponsor" while they are at Brewster?
    Get real these kids that come in from Africa,Turkey and almost every inner city are not paying their own way. I still have that bridge.

    While we are at it lets talk about these AAU clubs that fly kids all over the country. You think those kids are paying their own way? Kids that are from single family homes and parents that are not working are paying for airfare and hotels? Give me a break. That is not real world and you know it.

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  44. If you went to Dartmouth, you should be able to spell it, correctly. Nice job with that Ivy education!

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  45. I meant I am going to Dartmouth.

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  46. Jordan L has been getting a free ride the whole time.

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  47. Average high school player? Freshman year he was the starting PG on JV averaging close to 20 per game and the only freshman to swing to varsity. Last yr he worked his way from being one of the first off the bench to starting Varsity PG by end of season/playoffs -and it wasn't cuz one of our Senior guards was hurt or sick. He accomplished all this with hard work. Some good accomplishments for someone who hadn't yet seen his 16th bday.

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  48. I'm sure that you were the one completing the financial aide packages at Brewster... To buy the bridge, who do I make the check out to???

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  49. 10:44,

    Plenty of well off people send their kids to prep schools. For them, 40K is not a big deal. It has been going on for a very long time. Phillips Exeter is well over 300 yrs old. Some get to go there for zero because of a combination of skills. I used to play baseball against a kid who went there - and he went there on a full ride, starred in 3 sports & then played D1 baseball on a full ride.

    Public schools have a whole host of issues to deal with that prvate/prep schoold don't. First and foremost, they do not get to pick & choose who attends. This goes for both top notch students & athletes.

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  50. I have lost all respect for 'Darthmouth.' Nice spelling of 'payed.' Come on!

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  51. Let me see, Madol was going to pay how much to go to Vermont? Why did things change? What happened? I am sure it was because the school decided he owed money and the family spoiled by the free ride that they get with the Rivals and at Trinity were shocked to think that he would need to front something.

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  52. latest rumor madol to memorial any truth to this

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  53. Just an update: Its Sept 15, Obrien is at Brewster, and he loves it! I think thats all that realy matters. They are in the Gym at 6am every morning. He is getting more time playing against better player than he ever would have at Bedford. A proud Uncle.

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  54. We are pulling for the kid. I personally like seeing the NH kids show success. It hopefully will help recruiters trust that the talent in the state is worth recruiting. More power to the kid. Pave the road.

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