Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Recruiting Update on Springfield & Ripley

Without question, the top local girls basketball recruits from NH for the Class of 2016 is Madison Springfield (Conant High) and for the Class of 2017 is Rebecca Ripley (New Hampton School). Both players are 5-foot-11 with versatile skill sets, the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways as well as make their teammates better. According to their AAU coaches and parents, here's an update on the recruitment for both players.

Springfield has narrowed her list of schools to Marist, Dartmouth, Holy Cross and Rhode Island (in no particular order). She has been to a practice for each school this fall, and this winter she plans on seeing a game for each team before making her decision. Springfield grew up nearby current Marist player Katharine Fogarty. If she chooses Marist they would play together Springfield's freshman year (would be Fogarty's senior year). Springfield and her older sister Brooke (now playing for SNHU) have both played played for the NE Crusaders AAU program. Brooke played alongside Fogarty with the Crusaders. Their brothers (Mike Fogarty and Devin Springfield) both played baseball together locally. Meanwhile, Madison Springfield also played briefly alongside current Dartmouth player Katie Vareika with the Crusaders. Other schools who have offered Springfield are UMass and Providence.

Ripley meanwhile is on her way to being the most recruited local player in a long time. Ripley (originally from Ipswich, MA but now lives in Stratham, NH) hasn't started her sophomore season yet but already holds scholarship offers from a whopping eight Division I program. They are Seton Hall, Syracuse, Providence, UMass, Fordham, Clemson, Bryant and URI. Ripley played AAU this year for the Rivals Basketball Club.

Both Springfield and Ripley were selected to play in the NEPSAC all-star game last winter.

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