With all of the NHIAA basketball prospects leaving for the NEPSAC, there's also the other side of the coin where some kids are returning to their local high school from prep school. And there's nothing wrong that. Every situation is different and every kid is different. Most important is the kid attending school where it's the best fit for them.
The best girls basketball player in the state, Madison Springfield, is returning to Conant High after a year at Marianapolis Prep. Explosive point guard Geo Baker is now at Pinkerton after attending Buckingham Brown & Nichols last year. And now, just a week after his transfer to the Hyde School became official, Trevon Maughn (who led the NHIAA in scoring last year) is returning to Manchester Memorial. This was first reported by Tuesday & Friday on the NH Sports Forum.
"I was at Hyde for a couple days but I didn't really like it there" Maughn told the NH Notebook. "I didn't fit in there, I wanted to go home."
Maughn enrolled at Hyde last Friday and moved in over the weekend. It wasn't the first time he had visited the school, though.
"I first visited there at the end of the summer" said Maughn, a 5-foot-10 senior guard. "At the time I didn't think it was that bad. But then when I went back this weekend and moved in I didn't like it and realized it wasn't a good fit."
So now Maughn is looking to put that experience behind him and move on. He's happy to be back at Memorial with his friends. And now the Crusaders have to be considered the favorite to win the NHIAA Division I title in 2014-2015. They'll have arguably the division's two best players with Maughn and Kabongo Ngalakulondi. And with Wade Gop, Malo Roumraj, Craig Preston and Brandon Scott, Memorial's top six players return from a team that made the Final Four last season.
"I think we're going to win the championship this year" Maughn concluded.