Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gilligan Going Prep

Devin Gilligan from Souhegan High School would have likely been one of the top 5 boys basketball players in the state next winter during his senior season. He would have had a shot at being the Division II Player of the Year and his Saber's team would have been favored to make a return trip to UNH.

But prep school also has its advantages, and over the years many of NH's top basketball prospects have left the NHIAA for the tougher competition and greater exposure they can receive in prep school.

Gilligan has become the latest player to make this move, deciding just recently to transfer from Souhegan High to Kimball Union Academy, which he will attend beginning in the fall.

"The main reason I decided to go was to better prepare my self for college academically and athletically" said Gilligan. "I will be repeating my junior year."

Gilligan is a 6'4" wing player who has been having a very productive spring AAU season with the Bishop Elite 17u team. Just this past weekend he led them to a championship in a tournament in Connecticut ran by Zero Gravity Basketball, pouring in a game-high 36 points in the title game.

He has continued to develop his game, and Gilligan is now a player who can score the basketball in a variety of ways and also also improved on the defensive end of the floor. He can take his man off the dribble and get into the lane with a nice spin move, he can finish at the rim through contact, step out and hit the three ball and he also has an improved mid-range game.

Kimball Union Academy is located in Meriden, NH. It competes in the NEPSAC and is an exceptional school for both basketball and academics.

Souhegan meanwhile will really miss having Gilligan in the lineup next season. They still have some solid returning players including Brandon Len, Shaun McKenna, Jake Kennedy, Sean McGrath and Ben Peterson. So they could still definitely end up with a winning record. But their chances of making it to UNH or possibly winning a title take a big hit with this loss.

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