National Letter of Intent day is an exciting time for many student-athletes across the nation. Years of hard work during the high school season and with their club teams in the off-season is rewarded with their committments to "take their talents" to the collegiate level. This year's group of MIAA female basketball players is an impressive one:
Billerica: Brittany Lomanno (UMass-Lowell)
Bishop Guertin: Meghan Green (Boston University)
Cambridge: Donnaizha Fountain (Georgia Tech)
Central Catholic: Casey McLaughlin (Stonehill)
Fontbonne: Jen Gemma (Bentley)
Groton-Dunstable: Rachel McCarron (UMass-Lowell)
Lincoln-Sudbury: Ashley Lutz (Lafayette)
Medway: Sarah Hope (Boston University)
Needham: Maddie Ganser (Holy Cross)
North Andover: Morgan Lumb (Hartford)
Oliver Ames: Caitlyn Abela (Sacred Heart)
Reading: Olivia Healy (Richmond), Morgan O’Brien (Assumption)
Rivers: Emilee Dailey (Boston College)
Scituate: Kelly Martin (Stonehill)
Somerville: Indira Evora (St. Michael’s)
But the male side shows a different story. Looking at the early committments, the MIAA schools are barely
represented with North Andover's Isaiah Nelson heading to St. Anselm and Rockland's Tyler Gibson signing with UMass-Lowell. Most notably, former MIAA stars Wayne Selden and Noah Vonleh will be playing high DI basketball at Kansas and Indiana respectively.
This trend in MIAA boys basketball is nothing new as more star players are heading to prep schools to either reclassify or as one recent transfer told me "to get better looks" from colleges. But in my MIAA dream world it would be great to hear on TV when Kentucky plays that Nerlens Noel "played at Everett High School" and that Vonleh, the silky smooth shooting guard for the Hoosiers was "an All-Scholastic
player from Haverhill". More importantly, the state tournament would be loaded with top collegiate players that would most definitely sell out the gyms and create more buzz in March. I don't see this defection of players to the prep schools ever ending, but it is hopeful to think that these players would one day stay at their local schools (i.e. Jake Layman) and make the MIAA season even more exciting than it already is.
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