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.