Few players in New Hampshire have worked as hard and improved their game as much over the past couple years as Londonderry High senior Cody Ball. The hard work has paid off, as Ball has accepted a scholarship offer from Saint Anselm College in Manchester.
"I also received an offer from Merrimack College and had high interest from Division III Amherst College" Ball told the NH Notebook. "I decided to go with Saint A's because I think I fit their style of play really well and I can thrive in their system. Coach Dickson is obviously a great coach and I trust that he can help me take my game to another level."
Saint Anselm is located in Manchester, NH and is part of the highly competitive Division II conference, the Northeast-10.
Ball was a standout player last season at Londonderry, but really took his game to a new level during the spring/summer AAU season while running with the GS Raiders. He's now a 6-foot-2 combo-guard who can take people off the dribble and has a deadly jumper. He has gotten taller, stronger, quicker, more skilled and refined his mechanics in order to become a scholarship player.
"My game has completely transformed in the past year" Ball explained. "My jump shot has changed a lot (more elevation and a higher release), and I grew quite a bit. I gained about 3 inches and 15+ pounds since last season. I've put a lot of time in the weight room and in the gym. I worked out every day over the summer and throughout the fall with TJ Thompson, who in my opinion is the best trainer in the area."
Ball not only gets to play college ball at a high level and gain a terrific education, but he also gets to stay close to home.
"Saint Anselm is only about 20 minutes away from my house, so being that close to home is probably going to be a little strange" said Ball. "My family has been a huge support system throughout this process though, so it's awesome that they can come watch my games."
Ball continues the trend of of Londonderry High athletes staying in-state to accept basketball scholarships, as fellow Lancer Aliza Simpson is now the starting point guard at UNH. This also makes it three different kids from Londonderry (Ball, Simpson and Caleb Green) to receive a basketball scholarship offer in 2014. Green (a sophomore at Proctor Academy) was offered by Stony Brook this past AAU season.