You can’t go wrong with playing college basketball, getting a good education and also going to school in New York. And that’s exactly what Skyler Mitchell from Coe-Brown and Raymond High’s Joe Morin are going to do.
The southern New Hampshire duo has become the latest players from the Class of 2012 to commit to schools to continue their careers at the college level. Mitchell (pictured above) is headed to Nazareth College, while Morin has committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mitchell has battled through a number of different injuries during his career at Coe-Brown, including missing half of his senior season. But he has continuously worked hard to get back on the court and persevere. He has developed into a versatile forward who can play inside or out. The 6-foot-3 Mitchell runs the floor hard, rebounds well, and is fundamentally sound. He plays hard and has a good understanding of the game. Mitchell’s has a very good face-up game, as he can either put the ball on the floor and attack the rim or stick the mid-range jumper.
Nazareth is a Division III program located in Rochester, NY. They compete in the Empire 8 Conference and one of their former players is Jeff Van Gundy.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching Skyler for 4 years” said Coe-Brown head coach Dave Smith, who is also the school’s headmaster. “He has played and practiced with passion on a daily basis. He had fun working hard! He represented his team and the program with character on and off the floor. He was always willing to do the extras and make himself available to help young players with basketball and life situations. He has worked hard as a student and player to improve his skills. His leadership and will to prepare to win will be missed!”
Morin meanwhile is a 5-foot-10 shooting guard who really emerged during his junior and senior seasons as one of the NHIAA’s top perimeter scorers. He was a big reason for Raymond having a winning record each of the past two years. He is a lethal outside shooter. Morin has a quick release and can shoot it effectively off the catch or the dribble. He is at his best when playing an up-tempo game where he is able to get lots of shots up and get out on the break and finish in transition.
RPI is also a Division III program, but it is located in Troy, NY and competes in the Liberty League. Two other former NHIAA star players are on the roster, as Jamie Zajac (Bishop Guertin) and Erik Hatton (Timberlane) will both be seniors for RPI next season.
“It has been a pleasure coaching Joe over the last 4 years” said Raymond head coach Rich Winget, who played his college ball at Keene State. “He is a gym rat and is a clutch shooter. If Joe continues with his strong work-ethic he will have a great career at RPI. He will sorely be missed and I wish him the best of luck!”