Another kid is transferring from the NHIAA to prep school - and it's arguably the most improved player in the state over the past year. After leading Manchester Memorial to the Division I Final Four last season, Trevon Maughn is transferring to the Hyde School, a prep school which has campuses in CT and ME. He will repeat his junior year and reclassify to the Class of 2016.
"I report to school and will start moving in there on Friday" Maughn told the NH Notebook. "I'll be attending their Woodstock, CT campus. The paper work and financial aid all went through, but I thought I wouldn't be able to go there until next year. But then I got a call that a spot opened up for me to go there this year. I'm excited because this will help me get better as a player; but also nervous because I don't know anyone there."
Maughn is a 5-foot-10 guard who can play the 1 or the 2. He can flat out shoot the lights out, with the ability to hit shots from all over the floor, off the catch or the dribble. Maughn can score in bunches but is also an underrated passer and defender. He had a breakout junior season last year at Memorial, and continued to play well over the spring / summer on the AAU circuit with the DC Blue Devils, receiving recruiting interest from George Mason, Old Dominion and multiple D-II schools.
"In my opinion he's the most improved player in the state" said Maughn's AAU coach with the DC Blue Devils, TJ Thompson. "He went from a player no one wanted to the leading scorer in NH. It's been a pleasure to coach Trevon. He's bought in to what I've been teaching him and has worked his tail off."
By leaving Memorial, Maughn gives up a chance at an NHIAA state title his senior year. If he had stayed, the returning core of Maughn, Kabongo Ngalakulondi, Wade Gop, Malo Roumraj and Craig Preston would have made the Crusaders the favorites in D-I.
"He can play the 1 or the 2, but I think he'll play mostly point at the Hyde School" said Coach Thompson, a former standout at George Washington University. "He led the state in scoring, but he also has good leadership and the ability to run a team."