Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Madol Commits to SNHU

Last spring/summer there was a lot of fanfare swirling around the status of David Madol, the state's best returning boys basketball player. Was he going to Trinity or Memorial? Maybe prep school? However there appears to be little doubt where the 6'6" forward will be playing basketball next season.

As first reported by the New England Recruiting Report, Madol has officially committed to Southern New Hampshire University. SNHU is a Division II school located in Manchester, the same city that Madol lives. The Penmen play in the highly competitive Northeast-10 conference, which is one of the top D-II conferences in the country.

Madol has won back-to-back Division I Player of the Year awards, and he did so playing for 2 different schools. Madol played his first 3 years of high school ball for Trinity, where he played alongside future UMass player Jordan Laguerre and won a title with the Pioneers in 2009. He then won Class L POY as a junior before transferring to Manchester Memorial for his senior season where he was once again voted by the coaches as the division's top player.

Madol improved his game tremendously during the spring and summer following his sophomore year at Trinity. As a result he went from a player who didn't even start as a sophomore to the Class L Player of the Year as a junior. This improvement can be attributed to his hard work to make his skill set catch up to his raw athletic ability. He also had a very good AAU season with the Mass Rivals. For the last 2 years he has been the #1 ranked player in the NHIAA's Class of 2011.

Madol has developed his game into one that is very much suited for the college level. His size and athleticism allows him to play the game above the rim, sky up high for thunderous dunks, grab rebounds at will and block shots. He can also step outside and hit shots, go by his defender off the dribble and make plays in transition. Madol has a very good all-around game and will continue to get better. H has a chance to be an exceptional player at SNHU.

Last Thursday night at the WGAM Mr. Basketball Banquet, Madol told on-air hosts Chris Shuker and Sean Sendall that he planned on attending college next year and that he had narrowed his choices down to SNHU and the University of New Haven. Just 2 days later he committed to Coach Spirou and the Penmen. Madol told the New England Recruiting Report that over the years he has been close with SNHU assistant coach Jeff Gore, and that weighed heavily in his decision.

At SNHU, Madol will play for legendary head coach Stan Spirou. Spirou has coached the Penmen for 26 years now, and during that time he has won over 500 games. He is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Division II basketball.

Madol will be one of four NH players on next year's roster. Former Pembroke Academy guard Jonathan Grenier will be a sophomore, Pelham native Bill Marsden (went to Central Catholic) will be a junior guard and former Spaulding High standout Lucas Croteau will be a senior.

Congrats to David, and best of luck at SNHU!

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