The trend of top NH basketball talent going off to prep school is no secret. However the transition from high school to prep school is definitely an easier one if you have a sibling going with you. That is the case for the Springfields, as both Devin and Madison will be attending Marianapolis Prep in the fall. Devin will be doing a post-graduate year and be playing basketball and baseball (reclassifies to Class of 2014), while Madison will be a sophomore and will play basketball and softball (remains in Class of 2016).
The Springfield family is synonymous with NH basketball. Devin, older sister Brooke and their father David all scored 1,000 points at Conant High. Madison would have like scored 1,000 points if she stayed at Conant, as she scored a whopping 485 points as a freshman this winter. David went on to play his college ball at Franklin Pierce and is now the Conant JV coach, while Brooke starts for SNHU.
Marianaplis is a prep school located in Connecticut which is a member of the NEPSAC - the most competitive prep school league in the country for basketball. Devin is a first-team all-state player in both basketball and baseball, and is being while Madison has a chance to be the first high-major girls basketball player from NH since Tiffany Ruffin.
"As a young senior, (I turn 18 at the end of May), I am excited to test my basketball ability against a higher level of competition" Devin told the NH Notebook. "Marianapolis plays a very strong schedule and I look forward to the challenge. I will also play on the baseball team there. I will evaluate my college choices while at Marianapolis. I have been recruited by numerous D3 schools for both baseball and basketball (Keene State, Plymouth, Colby-Sawyer, University of Southern ME, Sage, Wheaton, and Eastern CT). This summer I will be playing U18 AAU baseball for the Franklin Pierce Ravens team."
Devin has certainly left his mark at Conant. In addition to scoring 1,000 points, he led the Orioles to the D-III boys basketball state title in 2012-2013, was named NHBCO D-III Player of the Year and was a first\ team all-state selection in baseball.
"My four years at Conant have been a awesome experience" Devin said. "I have memories that will last a lifetime and now hope to help Conant win it's first baseball championship since 1956!"
As for Madison, she is transferring to Marianapolis from Conant after just her freshman year. It shouldn't come as a surprise though, as she is already a highly sought after basketball recruit and there were actually rumors that she would be going right to prep school as a freshman this year.
"This summer I am playing on the Crusader U16 team and look forward to playing on the AAU circuit" Madison said. "My sole focus is continue to get better as a player. I'd rather not talk right now about specific schools, but I have received numerous Division 1 scholarship offers."
In addition to scoring 485 points her freshman year and being named a first team all-state election, Madison led the Conant girls basketball team to a 17-1 regular season record, a championship in the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament and a berth in the D-III Final Four.
"A number of my Crusader teammates will be attending Maraianapolis in the fall and Crusader Coach Lauren Moore (former Bentley player) is the new women's coach there" Madison explained. "I wanted to be a part of an up and coming program. I thoroughly enjoyed playing at Conant High School and am looking forward to a new challenge."
Look for both Devin and Madison to go to Marianapolis and continue the tremendous athletic success of the Springfield family.