Few players in NH high school basketball have improved as Darian Berry from Spaulding. He was a very little known player a couple years ago, but worked hard on his game to make the Division I all-state team last season as a junior. Now as a senior he's emerged as one of the top players in the entire state.
"I worked really hard on my game to get better" said Berry, a versatile 6-foot-2 shooting guard. "I worked with Noah LaRoche (from Integrity Hoops) everyday for the past 2-3 summers. He's been a great help and has given me some great advice."
Berry's hard work has paid off, as he has committed to attend and play basketball at Saint Joseph's College of Maine. St. Joe's is a D-III program that competes in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).
"St. Joe's started recruiting me during the beginning of the summer" explained Berry. Noah Got me in touch with their head coach. I narrowed my choices down to St. Joe's or Colby Sawyer. I decided that I fit in better at St. Joe's. I like their team, the campus, the gym. They came to my first two games this season."
Berry is a tough, hard nosed player who can play the game at a fast pace and always gives maximum effort. He can shoot it from the outside, the mid-range area or slash to the rim. He can defend, rebound and is an underrated passer.
"Darian is a constant" said Spaulding head coach Tim Cronin. "Even if he's not scoring you know he'll be doing something else to help the team. He's a smart player. He's the one who makes us go."
Now with this big decision behind him, Berry can take a deep breath and focus on the high school basketball season at hand. His Red raiders team is 5-0 and just won the Bobcat Invitational championship. Berry was named tourney MVP. Now he hopes to lead Spaulding back to the Final Four.