Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Northfield Mount Hermon Preview

Hoggers: Rock-Solid Ready
- With their size, depth, discipline, and talent, Northfield Mount Hermon will be one of the toughest clubs in New England this season.  Let's throw the Spaceship into cruise-control for a few minutes to take a look at John Carroll's ball-club heading into the coming winter.

Point: Last season, the point guard spot for NMH was manned by a high-major talent in current Seton Hall freshman Aaron Cosby.  This year, the torch will be passed to Spike Albrecht '12, a natural-born floor-general from the Hoosier State who plays with great pace and can shoot the heck out of it from deep.  He is being recruited by MAC schools, Vermont, and others, "Guys love being on Spike's team," said Carroll...The other true point guard on the roster will be freshman Jashanti Allen, a spark-plug New Yorker who plays with poise beyond his years and should come in and contribute right away.

- Guards/Wings: Pittsburgh native Anthony Dallier '13 is an old-school player who is an efficiency specialist on the perimeter. At 6'6, he has the ability to play the 1, 2, and 3 and with his poise and wits in the pocket, Dallier is likely to be the guy that makes this squad tick.  Another talented perimeter play is 6'4 post-grad Ryan Oliver, a stealth wing-scorer who has terrific range on his jumper and is very clever off the bounce. From Inglewood, California, Oliver missed all of his senior year at Loyola HS with a knee injury.  He will really surprise folks and is being recruited by California schools, A-10 schools, plus Hartford, Portland, Manhattan, and others...Another back-court player is combo-guard Sam Donahue, a crafty operator who can handle the rock and snipe from deep with the best of them...Lock-down defensive specialist Victor Udoji '13 will also be in the mix on the wing.

Forwards: In Dekeeba Battee '13, Tommy Carpenter '12 and Skyler White '13, John Carroll has three big bodies capable of playing both inside and out.  Battee is an athletic 6'8 left-hander from Down Under with a versatile skill-set and a big upside.  Carpenter is a 6'7 glue-forward from North Carolina who is committed to play in the Ivy League at Dartmouth.  And White is a 6'7 wide-body with a dangerous offensive package and the propensity to mix it up in the paint. He can straight fill-it-up from deep and has no conscience.

Down-Low: In terms of true bigs, NMH has quality depth with the physically strong quartet of Evan Cummins '12, Ethan O'Day '12, Lucas Van Nes '12, and Peter Miller '13.  Cummins is a 6'8 Harvard-bound forward from Westborough, Mass, who we expect to have a huge year.  There are not too many guys out there who work harder than Cummins to get better.  One of those guys is his teammate Ethan O'Day, a Connecticut native committed to Vermont who has improved immensely in the last year and should continue to do so.  In back of Cummins and O'Day, Van Nes is a 6'10 Englishman who visited U. Maine last weekend.  And Miller is a 6'9 Winchesterian-talent who keeps getting better after his his breakout summer with the Middlesex Magic.  He holds Ivy & Patriot League offers heading into his junior campaign and should continue to stack.

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