Monday, July 28, 2014

DC Blue Devils Go 9-1 in AAU Nationals, Green Picks Up D-I Offer

The DC Blue Devils went down to Louisville, KY to compete in the Division I AAU National Tournament. They brought 9 players with them - 8 of which are from NH. The went down there to play against the top talent in the country and to prove they could play with any of them - mission accomplished.

The team went 9-1, they beat AAU powerhouse Boo Williams EYBL by 9 to finish in 9th place overall, and incoming sophomore point guard Caleb Green (Londonderry, NH) picked up a scholarship offer by Stony Brook University. The only game they lost was to the Tennessee Tigers - by 1 point.

"We went from Springfield to Philly to Kentucky, we had games every day for 2 weeks" said TJ Thompson, the team's head coach. "Stony Brook first came to see us in Springfield. Then they came to 3 of our games down at nationals. They made their offer to Caleb through me after the third game. He has also received interested from Fairfield, Bucknell and Old Dominion."

Green, a 5-foot-10 point guard averaged 14 points and 7 assists per game for the Blue Devils, while going up against some of the top point guards from around the country. He started at the point as a freshman last year for a Londonderry High team that went 15-5. This fall he is transferring to Proctor Academy.

"Caleb is a special talent" said Coach Thompson, a former standout player at George Washington University and current professional player in Europe. "He is in the gym working on his game literally everyday. I've never seen a kid work so hard. A couple years ago people said he was too small, but he didn't get down he just working hard."

Green's teammate in the Blue Devils' back court Trevon Maughn (Manchester, NH) has also been turning heads. The 5-foot-10 combo-guard was a scoring machine last year as a junior for Manchester Memorial High, but now he proved he could perform that way on a national level. Maughn averaged 22 points per game and shot a blistering 40% from 3-point range.

"The back court duo of Caleb and Trevon has been tremendous" Thompson noted. "I've been working with them for 2 years now. Caleb had an okay season at Londonderry but has gotten 10 times better. Trevon went from a nobody to the leading scorer in NH. They love playing together, and feed off each other's games. It's rare to find 2 kids who play so well together who don't even play for the same high school team. I wouldn't trade my back court for anyone."

According to Thompson, Maughn has received interested from George Mason University, Old Dominion and multiple Division II schools. Meanwhile the team's 6-foot-10 center, Julian Roche from Canada, has received interest from Holy Cross, Bucknell and Fairfield."

"Julian has really been working hard and improving his game" said Thompson. "He averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds a game for us."

The other big guy down low is Luke Rosinski, a 6-foot-7 forward with strong moves around the rim and a ton of potential. Rosinski was an all-state player for Pinkerton Academy as a sophomore last year but is transferring to Kimball Union Academy.

"Luke played through a hurt ankle, he was only at 75%" Thompson said. "I give him a lot of credit for playing hurt and still giving it everything he had. He gets the gold star."

It was a team effort for the Blue Devils, with Sam Kiley (Wolfeboro, NH), KJ Matte (Lebanon, NH), Brennan Morris (Derry, NH), Austin Whaley (Lebanon, NH), Malo Rounraj (Manchester, NH) and Jonathin Makori (Manchester, NH) all playing key roles in the their success.

"Sam Kiley started for us" said Thompson. He really stepped up, especially in our last 5 games when he averaged 11 points per game. Brennan Morris had one game where he had 18 points and hit five 3-pointers. They came together as a team. There was a different star every game. They became more than just a team, they were a band of brothers. They're always looking out for each other."

All in all it was a successful AAU season, and trip down to nationals for the Blue Devils. With AAU season now complete, each of them now gets ready for the new school year and their high school / prep school seasons. And it's safe to say each player will be better prepared for those seasons after the competition they faced down in nationals.

"We played against teams from New York City, Tennessee and Hampton, VA" Coach Thompson concluded. "The competition down there compared to NH is like night and day. With the win over Boo Williams we solidified 9th place and gave the kids the confidence that we can play with anyone in the country."

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