Thursday, January 6, 2011

Spirou Commits to Trinity College

Being able to not only get a great college education, but also play college basketball at a high level is a goal for many across the state. Pelham's Stephen Spirou has taken a large step towards achieving that goal.

Spirou, who in addition to being the #6 ranked player in the NHIAA Class of 2011 also carries a 4.23 weighted grade point average, has committed to Trinity College.

Spirou is a 6'4" wing player with a very well rounded game. He can rebound the ball well, slash the basket and finish at the rim even against much bigger player. Spirou has also worked tirelessly to improve his jump shot, which used to be his Achilles heel but is now a strength. Trinity plays in the the NESCAC (Ne England Small College Athletic Conference), which is one of the best Division III conferences in the country for basketball. But there's no question that with his combination of size, skill and hard work Spirou can play at that level.

Trinity has gotten off to a 8-4 start so far this season, and included on their roster is fellow NH native Eric Dean (Gilford, NH). Dean and Spirou practiced together all throughout the spring and summer of 2009 as they were both a part of the Granite State Jayhawks AAU program.

Not only is the NESCAC one of the best D-III basketball conferences in the nation, but it is also one of the top academic conferences in country period. With Spirou's 4.23 GPA and a Trinity education he puts himself in a very good position to succeed after college.

Trinity head coach James Ciosgrove is only in his 1st season at the helm of the program, but the Spirou family have been very impressed by him.

"Cosgrove is the real deal, he runs a great program over there" said Stephen's father, Chuck Spirou. "It came down to either Trinity or Phillips Exeter. Then trinity came back with a really good package for him. It was too good to pass up. It should be a good fit for Stephen academically and athletically. You want to go somewhere you'll be able to play and where the coach actually wants you, and Trinity recruited Stephen pretty heavily. Academics are a big part of it too. A lot of people don't realize, college coaches aren't going to take a chance on a kid if they think they're not going to keep their grades up. Stephen's academics helped to get the package from Trinity which made this make decision make even more sense."

Spirou has already scored 1,000 points. He's been an all-state player, and helped lead Pelham High to the Class I state title game as a sophomore (despite the fact that Pelham is one of the smallest schools in the division). He's had a great career for the Pythons, and is sure to be a difference maker at the next level for Trinity as well.

Steve is a great kid, a great student a great player. Congratulations, and best of luck to him at Trinity College.

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