Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Two of NHIAA's Top Freshmen Headed for Prep School

The trend of top local high school hoops talent leaving the NHIAA for prep school continues. Angelique Ngalakulondi, a 6-foot-1 forward from Manchester Central and Pinkerton's 5-foot-9 guard Nicolette Arnold are two of the top freshmen girls basketball players in NH. Both ooze with potential, and even as freshmen they're being touted as scholarship level prospects. They're both headed for prep school.

Ngalakulondi is transferring to Proctor Academy, while Arnold is leaving for Lawrence Academy - according to TJ Thompson, who trains both of them. Both will repeat their freshman years next season, reclassifying to the Class of 2019. Ngalakulondi will attend Proctor with her older brother Tschiefu, who is a standout wing for the school's boys basketball team from the Class of 2017. She'll play at Proctor alongside point guard Amanda Torres, who transferred there last season following her sophomore year at Trinity High of Manchester. Around the same time another guard left a NHIAA school in Manchester for the prep ranks, as Angelina Marazzi transferred from Memorial High to Northfield Mount Hermon. Each of these players has trained with Coach Thompson.

Both Arnold and Ngalakulondi helped lead their respective high school teams to the NHIAA Division I Final Four last month. Arnold has a deadly jumper (off the catch or the dribble) can blow by defenders off the bounce and sees the floor well. Ngalakulondi has good size, off the charts athleticism, runs like a deer and can block shots like nobody's business.

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