Noah in the lottery?
Haverhill basketball phenom Noah Vonleh may have just committed to the University of Indiana, but one website is already predicting his post-college prospects.
Nbadraft.net has Vonleh projected to be picked No. 3 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. It says he has “NBA All-Star potential” and lists former NBA All-Star Jamal Mashburn as the NBA player he most resembles.
The site also projects the man Vonleh will most likely replace as Indiana’s go-to guy Cody Zeller, to be the top pick in the 2013 draft.
Max runs wild
It’s been a big month for former Salem High football star Max Jacques. The Eagle-Tribune 2010 offensive Player of the Year has scored back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances, recording 128 yards against Valparaiso and 102 against Dayton. He has also hit for touchdown runs of 96 yards and 76 yards.
Jacques, who has 435 rushing yards and five touchdowns, was named CoSIDA/Capital One First Team All-District this week.
It has been a great year for former Salem backs. Jerickson Fedrick, who just finished his season at Choate and was featured in The Eagle-Tribune yesterday, finished the year with 1,268 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns this fall in just nine games.
Gati enjoys life
Speaking of Salem football, recently-retired Blue Devils football coach Jack Gati is enjoying post-football life.
“I, of course, miss the sport like crazy,” said Gati. “But I’ve been doing a lot of great things since I retired. It’s amazing how much time football takes up.”
Gati — who was 121-77 in 18 years at Salem and won titles in 1995 and 2009 — will be back coaching very soon. He is back as head boys spring track coach, and will help the indoor track team.
Cronin makes own name
Molly Cronin, one of the unsung heroes of the Andover volleyball team that advanced to the Division 1 state semifinals this fall, laughed at the mention of being the younger sister of area track legend Moira Cronin.