EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 15, 2013

Andover's Bramanti, Knights' Miller transferring

By Michael Muldoon

---- — Joe Bramanti of Andover will be a lot closer to home.

Bramanti, who was a part-time starter last season at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, will be playing for UNH over the next four years. He’ll have to sit out next season and then will have three years of eligibility.

He averaged 1.7 points a game and was one of the 23-13 Raiders’ top defensive players.

Playing time should be easier to come by in Durham. The Wildcats, under former Merrimack College player and coach Bill Herrion, are coming off a 9-20 season.

Bramanti was an Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer and Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney MVP at Andover High and then had a strong postgrad year at powerhouse Brewster (N.H.) Academy.

Miller leaving North Andover

Brendan Miller will be attending Cushing Academy next year. He plans to repeat his junior year at the Ashburnham school.

Miller’s junior season at North Andover was a trying one.

First he had to overcome mononucleosis. He was averaging 7.6 points a game on a team which many thought could bring home the program’s first state title in 38 years.

But he was the driver in a frightening auto accident just before the Division 2 North semifinals which ended his season. The shorthanded Knights were ousted by Brighton in the North finals at the Tsongas Arena. Brighton eventually won the state title.

North Andover will go from one of the most feared teams in the state last winter to a severe rebuilding project.

All-Scholastics 6-6 Isaiah Nelsen (St. Anselm scholarship) and 6-4 Chris Bardwell (Roger Williams) will be playing college ball along with Eagle-Tribune All-Star guard Derek Collins (Roger Williams). Also, legendary coach Mike McVeigh retired after 31 seasons and 497 wins.

Miller’s transfer will leave a major talent gap for the Knights and their new coach in their second season in the rugged Merrimack Valley Conference.

At Cushing, the 6-2 Miller will join a program which boasts a pair of bigtime talents in the backcourt in Kaleb Joseph and Jalen Adams.