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We highlighted Mr. Laue, a Post-Graduate student at Fork Union Military Academy, in a post titled "Working to Overcome" back on January 5th and we're delighted to see that he has earned a scholarship to play NCAA Division I basketball beginning in the fall at Manhattan College.

"...After Laue was featured in The New York Times last December, Brother Thomas Scanlan, Manhattan's president, took the article to Rohrssen and asked him to consider recruiting Laue.

Rohrssen said he thought of the former pitcher Jim Abbott, who played 10 seasons in the major leagues despite having no right hand.

'Years later, here I was in a position to help someone achieve their goal of getting a college scholarship and realize their dreams of playing Division I basketball,' Rohrssen said. 'In some way, in doing this, it gives Kevin the opportunity to inspire many others....'" (New York Times, Kevin Laue, One-Handed Player, Earns Division I Basketball Scholarship)

You have to appreciate decisions like this one in which people make a conscious decision to reach-out, take a risk and make a difference.

Playing for dad at any level has it's ups and downs. At the University of Rhode Island, wife & mom, Cindy Baron makes the father-son/coach-player tandem of Coach Jim Baron and player Jimmy Baron work.

The friction seems particularly difficult in this story as the blunt, workaholic Coach Baron is driven not to favor his son on the court while Jimmy seems motivated to work so hard so as to deprive anyone from using the line 'coach's son.'

The guardedness and sacrifice of the father-son relationship is palpable. As Jimmy Baron told the New York Times (When Father and Son Clash at Rhode Island, Mom Mediates):

"The hardest part has been not being able to develop a father-son relationship. We try not to show much affection in front of the other guys, because you don't want them to get the perspective that what he's doing is for his son." (NYT)
Noteworthy from the boarding school perspective, Jimmy's high school basketball career bloomed late during a post-graduate year at Worcester Academy (Worcester, MA). His brother Billy Baron, will also attend Worcester.

Photo credit: Balakov

From Sneakers and the NBA Back to His Alma Mater

It's now about the kids for Seth Berger. After building, then, selling And1- the athletic shoe and gear company- Berger has returned to Westtown School outside Philadelphia as basketball coach.  

As he tells the Philadelphia Enquirer (Seth Berger, from And1 to Westtown), "It is absolutely a total, total fantasy." Berger understands the school's mission and values and, as one of his players tells it, he lives for easy shots as opposed to the high flying style of And1's marketing.

Berger doesn't shy away from his NBA resources and experiences. He seems to have made a complete transition now loving and inhabiting his new role: "...I'm just a sneaker head like anybody else. Today, I'll wear Adidas at practice." (Philladelphia Enquirer)
Don't miss the current wealth of up and coming mens' basketball talent in the 2009 prep school class. The Rivals.com Rivals 150 list of top prospects includes no fewer than 20 boarding school students from boarding schools such as Tilton School, Brewster Academy, South Kent School, St. Mark's SchoolHargrave Military Academy, Patterson School, Oak Hill Academy, Christ School, Miller School and International Management Group's  IMG Academy.

Hargrave has four students in the top 150, Oak Hill & Brewster have three, while Tilton, Christ and Patterson each have two players in the Rivals 150 list.

If you enjoy high level basketball and have the opportunity to take in a game with these teams we certainly recommend it. Seeing these players and teams is easiest in the NEPSAC Class A level.

Visit the NEPSAC home page for schedules, scores and information on all NEPSAC sports.

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Working to Overcome

Talk about perspective. Sports suffer from overuse as metaphor and insight into the model for life.  But, in this story, athletics is an end not the philosophy, thinking, or means and the latter three provide the crux of the story.  

Kevin Laue plays basketball at Fork Union Military Academy. FUMA plays great basketball- teams comprised of PG's and younger athletes many of whom are headed to NCAA Division I or very strong lower division programs. Mr. Laue's athletic talent is great enough to play at this level driven by the desire to earn a Division I basketball scholarship. He's 6'10" with size 17 feet- averaging 6.9 points and 7.4 rebounds this season.

The perspective, Mr. Laue plays with only a right hand.

His parents provided the experiences and the opportunities and Mr. Laue has grown into quite a young man. He now finds himself the subject of a documentary film and providing a model and inspiration for others.

He's received recruiting letters from Division III schools, but he's still fighting to convince Division I coaches that he can play the highest level of college basketball.

You can read more about this young man and his story by reading a recent New York Times article.
Final Four- boarding school flavor

If you follow NCAA men's basketball, you might notice a small, steady- but large, in a disproportionate sense- number of high caliber basketball players whose biographies include boarding school. This year is no exception.  

Quietly and very well, boarding schools have been educating students destined for NCAA Division I basketball programs- especially the New England schools that play in the upper two basketball divisions- Classes A and B.

On first thought, this practice garners a "huh?" But, it makes good sense and provides a great opportunity for players.

Every New England Class A and B boys basketball team, usually contains a handful or fewer players who will move from their boarding school to an NCAA division I program each year. This year three players with boarding school experience are in the Final Four:

UCLA's Aflred Aboya who attended Tilton School.

Kansas' Brady Morningstar attended New Hampton School and Sasha Kaun is a graduate of Florida Air Academy (for more on Sasha Kaun check out this recent Yahoo! Sports' article).

A quick read through some men's NCAA Division I rosters yield several boarding schools. Here in Mississippi, you'll find Kodi Augustus at Mississippi State. He did a PG year at Maine Central institute.

You'll find players of this caliber attending each of the NEPSAC class A and B schools. Many of these students attend boarding school to improve their academic preparation and gain a wealth of other benefits along the way- the consistent boarding school structure, study skills, small classes, academic focus, test preparation. The high caliber of basketball contributes to the deal.

Then, you get to the obvious question, why do boarding schools have these high caliber athletic programs? First, basketball is not alone. Boarding schools have collegiate caliber athletes across the board. Men's and women's hockey is very strong in boarding schools. From Class A and B basketball, schools get a strong winter program which can help provide a rallying point during a long winter and a higher athletic profile.

You'll even hear Dick Vitale mention a boarding name when excitedly talking about a kid. Dickie V. and his colleagues usually garble the school name; they always say "_____ prep" even though prep or preparatory isn't in the school name of nickname.

There's nary a school out there that wouldn't like to hear its name mentioned on a national telecast on winter afternoon or during the Final Four.  

On To the NBA (post collegiate)

Several boarding school collegians have made their way into the NBA. We've begun a list of players and their schools and hope to add to it over time. Here's a partial list:

Carmelo Anthony, Oak Hill Academy
William Avery,  Oak Hill Academy
Caron Butler, Maine Central Institute
Sam Cassell, Maine Central Institute
Francisco Garcia, Cheshire Academy
Josh Howard, Hargrave Military Academy
Jarrett Jack, Worcester Academy
DerMarr Johnson, Maine Central Institute
Rashad McCants, New Hampton School
Brad Miller, Maine Central Institute
Cuttino Mobley, Maine Central Institute
Rajon Rondo, Oak Hill Academy
Craig Smith, Worcester Academy
Jerry Stackhouse,  Oak Hill Academy
Marcus Williams,  Oak Hill Academy

Direct to the NBA
With the changes in NBA position several boarding school students have moved directly from high level prep school basketball directly to the NBA. Boarding school contributes structure and maturity and, if the player possesses the athleticism and ability, he can move directly to the hyper competitive adult world of the NBA. Players recently moving from boarding school to the NBA include:

Andre Blatche, South Kent School
DeSagana Diop, Oak Hill Academy
Stephen Jackson, Oak Hill Academy
Josh Smith, Oak Hill Academy
Dorell Wright, South Kent School
Korleone Young, Hargrave Military Academy

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