Home » Columns »Recruiting » Currently Reading:

Northfield Mount Hermon has simply become a solid program

September 14, 2014 Columns, Recruiting No Comments

NORTHFIELD, Mass. – If you go to Northfield Mount Hermon, you get a sense of why the Ivy and Patriot Leagues are both doing well these days in college basketball. Both leagues have recruited a number of players from the school, which proudly proclaims to be the best combination of athletics and academics in the country. Also, whereas many schools will boast of alumni they have in conferences like the ACC or Big East, Northfield Mount Hermon is happy to tell you about all the alumni they have in the Ivy and Patriot League.

Last season was perhaps the best example yet that John Carroll has built a fine program at his alma mater. Continuing where Bill Batty left off, Carroll has produced a program with a NEPSAC champion in 2012 and a National Prep Champion in 2013. They won 24 games last season and at one time were atop a national prep school poll, all despite heavy personnel losses from the year before that left them with a very young team.

Now much of that team is back, putting this year’s team theoretically in a good place. They are much more experienced, and now their talented young players can come along at a pace instead of needing to contribute right away. And while past teams were noted for this size, this year’s team isn’t loaded on that front, but has many other assets.

The prospect who is highest on most radars is Josh Sharma (6’11” Sr. C, Lexington (MA)), who returns for his third season at the school and has been recruited at the highest level. A nice and thoughtful young man, it’s easy to forget that he’s heading into just his fifth year of organized basketball, and while he shows a world of potential, at times you’re reminded that it is just potential right now. He used his length well to rebound and disrupt on Friday, and you can see growth over his time at the school.

Sharma will be joined inside by Collin McManus (6’10” Sr. C, Bedford (NH)), one of two Penn commits on the team. With a developing body, he looks ready to close out his career on a good note.

The perimeter is well-represented among the other seniors, especially with shooters Aaron Falzon (6’8″ Sr. SF, Auburndale (MA)) and Jackson Donahue (6’1″ Sr. PG-SG, Stonington (CT)). Falzon isn’t very athletic, but has a good frame and can light up an opponent from deep. Donahue is a player you leave open only if you want to give up three points, as the Penn commit can flat-out shoot. Brown commit Chris Sullivan (6’3″ Sr. SG, Wilmette (IL)), who will follow two older brothers at the Providence school next year, returns for his second season and looks like a different player than at this time last year. He’s not a bad athlete and was in a lot of plays on Friday.

Two point guards in their third year at the school round out the senior class. Daquon Ervin (5’11” Sr. PG, Brooklyn (NY)) is the incumbent and has grown nicely during his first two years at the school. Jashanti Allen (5’9″ Sr. PG, Elmont (NY)) is well-built and will see backup duty.

Leading the junior class is the inside-outside tandem of A.J. Brodeur (6’8″ Jr. PF, Northboro (MA)) and Ian Sistare (6’3″ Jr. SG, Dublin (NH)). Brodeur has good offensive abilities but had an off day shooting on Friday, while Sistare looks determined to be this team’s hustle player as he was constantly around plays and also moved very well without the ball. Joining them is Nick Seretta (6’3″ Jr. SG, Greenfield (MA)), who flourished in transition on Friday, and Patrick Racy (6’7″ Jr. PF, Ridgefield (CT)), who looks like a nice stretch power forward as he hit several jumpers from mid-range.

Newcomer Tomas Murphy (6’8″ So. PF, Wakefield (RI)) has been on the radar for a while and for good reason. He has the pedigree, of course, but he’s also quite talented, and his body has a ways to go. Jerome Desrosiers (6’6″ So. SG-SF, St. Hyacinthe (Que.)) looks like a different player than at this time last year. His body has come along and he’s more vocal, and is ready to do more for this team.

The talented freshman class may show some flashes this season, but a big contribution won’t likely be a necessity given the veterans. Chuck Hannah (6’6″ Fr. SF, Brockton (MA)) may have the highest ceiling, as he has a good frame and his body has a ways to go. Calvin Whipple (6’4″ Fr. SG, Leominster (MA)) has a good frame and a good stroke, though he struggled for a stretch on Friday shooting it before hitting a few shots late. Akiel Shakoor (5’9″ Fr. PG, Worcester (MA)) is a baby physically who will get to grow behind seasoned veterans at the point.

High expectations are a prime reason this team will be in some great events this season. They will be in the National Prep Showcase early on, then head to Florida for the prestigious City of Palms Classic in December and also play in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield in January.

Last season’s results came despite some clear growing pains, especially in the leadership department. That can be expected with a team that young. With this season’s group, that should be far less of a concern, and when added to intangibles like the unselfishness that was on display on Friday, there’s every reason to think this season’s ceiling is appreciably higher than last season’s results. It should be the latest sign of what Carroll has built right near where Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire all meet.

Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2018

March 20, 2018 by

We discuss the wild early rounds of the NCAA Tournament, joined by special guest Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal for one segment. In addition, we touch on coaching news and other issues surrounding the college game.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 17, 2018

March 17, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, there is one main story to focus on: history being made in Charlotte and its aftermath. But we also talk about tough times for the Pac-12 and a key member school, plus an added challenge ahead at Pittsburgh.

College Basketball Tonight – March 11, 2018

March 12, 2018 by

College Basketball Tonight returns with a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament bracket, and in the second segment Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian joins us.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018 by

As Championship Week nears its climax on the big Saturday, we look at a pair of semifinals and a lot of bubble teams that may be sweating it out on Sunday.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018 by

As Championship Week heats up, we talk about bubble teams who may or may not want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament, as well as a couple of mid-majors whose conference championship game was played earlier in the week.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.