Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bonneau Commits to Regis

All good teams need players who do the little things well. Players who don't need to score 20 points to be effective. Players who understand the game, can play help defense, make the extra pass and hustle for loose balls. Pinkerton Academy senior Brandi Bonneau is exactly that type of player.

Bonneau has always been on winning teams, whether it's in school with Pinkerton or in AAU with the NH Rivals. And starting next year she will play for another winning program, as the 5-foot-7 guard has committed to attend and play basketball at Regis College. Prior to this season, Regis had gone undefeated (36-0) in NECC play. They're a Division III program located in Weston, MA.

"The recruiting process was both exciting and stressful" said Bonneau. "I was really excited to hear that I will have an opportunity to play in college. I did a lot of traveling over the summer with the Rivals so I had at least a dozen schools contacting me, but I knew I wanted to stay close to home so I narrowed it down to my top three schools. I had actual contact with coaches from Regis, Elms, Salve Regina, USM, UNE, and Keene. I did overnights at Regis, Elms & Salve Regina as those were my top three and really could see myself at all of those. They all had a major I wanted and are great schools."

While there were other schools that Bonneau had interest in, she ultimately decided that Regis would be the best fit for her.

"First of all, Coach Santa Fe, Regis' Head Coach, played at Pinkerton for Coach Barry so I felt an immediate connection with her" explained Bonneau. "I thought that was pretty cool! Regis is close to my home and my family will be able to come to most of my games and visit. Regis is affiliated with major Boston hospitals such as Childrens, which is where I would like to end up. Also Regis has underground tunnels that bring you around the campus buildings, very cool!"

Bonneau is a 4 year varsity player at Pinkerton, and the Astros have had a winning record all 4 years. She has also played for one of the top AAU programs in the Region with the NH Rivals. She is excited to now be a part of yet another winning team at Regis.

"The women's basketball program is awesome!" Bonneau told the NH Notebook. "They have been undefeated for the past 2 years in regular season. They play as team and worked hard to get where they are. I am very excited to be apart of this and will definitely work hard and do whatever is asked of me to continue to help the team."

Playing for both Pinkerton and the Rivals has prepared Bonneau well for college ball. One of her coaches with the Rivals was her father, Craig Bonneau.

"I have been playing organized basketball since I was 5 years old" Bonneau continued. "The Rivals is definitely a competitive program and you have to work really hard to be successful there. I had a lot of great coaches there, of course my dad, Julie & Scott Hazelton, who wanted the best for me and got the best out of me. I had great success there and I loved playing for them and with my teams. I love playing basketball for Pinkerton! The first 2 years I got to play with the my sister, which was awesome. And I've been playing with girls I've know my whole life so it definitely means something. I just wanted to make the team when I was little and I would go to see as many games as I could and now I'm a captain. We are competitive and taught to work really hard and be good people and do well in school. Both these programs have helped me to prepare for life and college ball."

It should come as no surprise that Bonneau is the daughter of a coach, since she is such a fundamentally sound player who does all of the little things well to help a team win.

"My dad always said to me, it's all about fundamentals and team play" Bonneau said. "I've been pretty lucky to have him for my coach my whole life (although as an assistant). Playing as a team is what wins games. I was taught that from the beginning and I do believe it. I don't care if I don't score all the points, but I try to to help my team win by doing whatever I can. Sometimes its with my defense or passing and sometimes it's scoring. I think I understand the game pretty well and I try and bring that to every one of my games."

In addition to basketball, Bonneau is also looking forward to the academic opportunities that Regis will provide her.

"I'm studying Medical Imaging and I'm so excited about it" concluded Bonneau. "I'm hoping to work at Children's Hospital in Boston and make a difference in children's lives by helping them."

Congratulations and best of luck to Bonneau at Regis.

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