Bedford High senior forward Trevor Fahmy has worked hard to become a college player, and he is going to a program where he'll have a good opportunity to be successful. The Roger Williams University men's basketball team is graduating their best player, 6'9" center Pat Flanagan, who was a first-team selection in the Commonwealth Coast Conference this past season.
"Last year they had their offense run through there big man, which definitely intrigued me" said Fahmy, who gave a verbal commitment to Roger Williams head coach Michael Tully last week. "By talking to the coaches I knew RWU was trying to replace him. They told me the opportunity is there to come and play right away if I work hard."
Working hard is something that Fahmy has done as much as anyone in the state over the last couple of years. 2 years ago he was a virtual unknown on the recruiting circuit. He had the size but still had a long way to go in terms of skill and understanding of the game. But now Fahmy is a 6'8" forward with a strong, sturdy frame. He has refined his post moves, footwork and his face-up game. He crashes the boards on both ends of the floor, can block shots and now has a very good instincts on the court.
"The other schools I was considering were Endicott, Union and St. Lawrence" said Fahmy. "The factors that led me to choose Roger Williams was the combination of academics and athletics. I knew that they had a strong business program and provided opportunities to find a job fast after college. Also the basketball team is always at the top of the conference and is very competitive every year. The campus being right on the ocean did not hurt either."
It is clear that Coach Tully and his staff made recruiting Fahmy one of their top priorities for the Class of 2012.
"The coaches and players were both great throughout the recruitment" Fahmy continued. "They always checked in and came to many of my games during the high school year. I did an overnight and the players were welcoming and I felt comfortable around them. They did a good job of making me feel like I was wanted."
Fahmy had a solid junior season at Bedford in 2010-2011, but it was the summer of 2011 when he really started to show rapid development as a player. He had a very productive AAU season, running with the Bishop Elite 17U squad. The team featured some of the state's top local talent. n addition to Fahmy the team also had Wol Majong, Devin Gilligan, Logan Kesty, Anthony Muccioli, Gabe LaCount, Tyler Gendron, Chris Light and Silvere Aluko. They traveled around the country, playing in AAU nationals, Rumble in the Bronx and many other elite tournaments.
"Bishop Elite played a huge part in helping me develop as a player and helping with recruitment" said Fahmy. "The dedication the coaches such as Sudi Lett and T.J. Thompson have for the program helped me become the best player I could. They hosted skill sessions and open gyms almost every night and provided somewhere to work on my skills. The tournaments we were able to go to definitely boosted my recruitment and helped me become a college player. My coaches were able to to talk to a lot of colleges and get my name out there."
Fahmy carried that momentum over to the fall, when he played in the BST Basketball's Northeast Exposure Showcase where he was one of the event's top players from NH. He then continued to play great basketball right into the high school season. He was voted a second team all-state selection by the NHBCO, and he surely would have been on the first team if the coaches voted after the tournament like they should. Fahmy led Bedford to the Division II title game and he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and 8 blocks in the Bulldog's semi-final win over Hanover.
"This past high school year was the best year of my basketball career" Fahmy concluded. "We started 1-2 but after our trip to Kentucky our team made a huge turnaround. We seemed to click during the 2nd half of the year and carried that into the playoffs. Being just our 4th year as a varsity program really made this season special. We knew last year we were good when we lost to Milford by 10 in the playoffs, and this year we came in knowing we could make it far."
Fahmy has certainly been a player on a mission over the last couple years, and he still has plenty of upside. That is good news for RWU, and bad news for the rest of the CCC. Congrats to Trevor and best of luck at Roger Williams!