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November 17, 2013

Area College Basketball Preview: Derry’s King fighting for a starting job

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King ready to make his mark

Stony Brook’s 6-10, 210-pound sophomore Scott King from Derry averaged 3.2 points, 1.1 rebounds while shooting .407 from deep last year. One of his soaring dunks made SportsCenter’s top plays. This year he’s bidding for a bigger role and early on has played well. He’s averaging 5.7 points and 4.0 rebounds through three games with one start.

Joe Bramanti started 12 of 35 games last year as a freshman at Wright State. The 6-2 Andover High grad, who averaged 1.6 points a game for the Raiders, has transferred to UNH. He’ll have to sit out this season.

Tom Hamel, a 6-9 senior reserve center at Harvard, last year was named to the NABC Honors Court, which requires a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA. The Phillips graduate hails from Methuen.

Freshman 6-2 guard Jayde Dawson committed to UMass Lowell but when coach Greg Herenda took the Fairleigh Dickinson job, the Brooks star from Canada followed. He is contributing 4.7 ppg.

No stopping Noah

This promises to be the most exciting year in area basketball history with three big-time performers.

Indiana is led by The Human Double-Double, multi-talented 6-10, 240-pound freshman Noah Vonleh of Haverhill, a McDonald’s All-American who was ranked the No. 8 senior in the country last year by one recruiting service. The New Hampton grad posted double-doubles in his first three games and was averaging 13.7 points and an eye-popping 11.7 boards.

Georges Niang, a 6-7, 240-pound forward at Iowa State, is another local who starred at a New Hampshire prep school and now is lighting it up in the Midwest. The Methuen native enjoyed a brilliant freshman campaign (12.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, All-Big 12 rookie team) and this fall is averaging 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds for the 2-0 Cyclones.

Junior Carson Desrosiers from Windham and Central Catholic is suiting up at Providence. The 7-footer was a part-time starter at Wake Forest before transferring. The Sultan of Swat is averaging 5.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and a team-best 2.0 blocks for the 3-0 Friars.

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