New England Boarding School Basketball Dominates Five Star Preseason Top 25

Basketball is almost here. (College basketball is here; I’ve been to two home games already.) And, as coverage of high school sports and the recruiting game has increased over the years, now, we have year-round prep basketball coverage- so far beyond the old USAToday high school polls that it’s scary.

Things have changed.

It used to be that prep/boarding school teams, with PG players, weren’t included in high school rankings. PG basketball existed in its own world- not high school and not college.

High school player movement and PG’s are now just and accepted part of the larger basketball-industrial complex, receiving an astounding amount of time and coverage.

Inside of this complex, we find the prep and boarding schools playing high level basketball with players destined for high level college programs and even professional leagues. New England boarding school boys teams are loaded with talent for the coming season.

The Five Star Preseason Top 25 includes five traditional New England Boarding Schools:

1. Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, NH)
3. Tilton School (Tilton, NH)
8. New Hampton School (New Hampton, NH)
16. South Kent School (South Kent, CT)
20. Vermont Academy (Saxton’s River, VT)

Four of these five, traditionally compete in the Lakes Region League (although PG basketball takes them outside of the league). These teams will play unbelievably competitive schedules as well as in some of the best high school tournaments in the country.

This is an amazing concentration of basketball talent and it doesn’t include lower level class A teams, some very good class B teams, and quasi boarding programs (day schools with a few boarders).

Take a look at the blurb covering each team. The talent is something.

Additional resources:

Boarding schools in New England

Basketball boarding schools

Photo credit: GonchoA via Creative Commons

About the Author
Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.


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