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HIGH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS HOT ON TRAIL OF ANTHONY DALLIER
Over the last several years much has been written on the shortcomings or pitfalls of the fly-by-night prep schools that seem to come out of the woodwork each year across the country. Some are termed diploma mills or accused of funneling their players to certain programs or conferences.
At the complete opposite spectrum of the schools that operate in the gray areas of the sport is Northfield Mount Hermon. If anything, the program could be accused of funneling its players to a certain conference…the Ivy League!
A tremendous mix of academics and athletics makes Northfield Mount Hermon special. In the last several years the program headed by John Carroll in Northfield (MA) has been a virtual factory of Ivy League basketball players. NMH is considered the best combination of academics and basketball in the United States and in the 2010–2011 season eight NMH alums were in the Ivy League, more than any other school in the nation. That number contines to rise with players like Evan Cummins, Joe Sharkey, Jvonte Brooks and Armani Cotton in recent years following the path and will continue to attract players to the program, like Anthony Dallier, who are looking for similar opportunities.
Dallier, who came to Northfield Mount Hermon by way or North Allegheny HS near Pittsburgh, also came to NMH because of the strong basketball the team plays. He no doubt wants to keep winning, which Carroll’s team does in a consistent fashion while producing the highest form of student-athletes along the way.
“For high school I go to a prep school called Northfield Mount Hermon and next year my main goal for the season is trying to repeat as NEPSAC champions,” Dallier told NBE Sports last night.
As most followers of prep basketball are familiar with, NEPSAC is year-in and year-out the most competive prep basketball in the country. And NMH is a championship threat in the powerful league.
On the AAU circuit Dallier is running with the Ohio Basketball Club. NBE was impressed with his play earlier in the spring at the PIttsburgh Jam Fest where he returned to his home turf and shows he can still knock down long-range shots, pass very well for a player his size (6’6, 185#) and demonstrates a high basketball IQ on the floor.
“I play for OBC and I’d say the thing I like most about the program would be the exposure and the connections to colleges it provides for you,” he said.
Colleges are certainly interested in Dallier as he has the opportunity to continue his playing career at some of the top learning institutions in the country in the future.
“I’ve currently been offered by Bucknell, Vermont, Davidson, Holy Cross and also Penn, Yale, Brown, and Cornell of the Ivy League but they can’t give athletic scholarships,” said Dallier. “Duquesne, Drake, Harvard, Princeton, Iowa, Rice, James Madison, Ohio, and Northeastern have been also recruiting me.”
Dallier is taking in the process of his recruiting as it comes for now, not ready to put any of his suitors ahead of the others.
“Right now in my recruitment I’m still really open and I don’t think I could name a favorite at this point at least,” he said.
He will look to narrow things down later in the summer and take some visits. As for factors in his college choice, one would not be wrong if you guessed academics would play a heavy role in the decision.
“Ideally my time frame for making a decision would be in the early fall,” he said. “I’d like to in August make a list of a few schools and take some visits then so I can make the best decision for myself. The most important factors for that decision will be how good of an academic school it is and how I fit into the school both on and off the court.”
The recruiting can waitr and the schools on his list could certainly change with the important July period right around the corner. OBC will certainly attract plenty of college coaches to their games during the open evaluation periods, much like they did in their run to the Pittsburgh Jam Fest championship game, a highlight for Dallier to this point.
“For me the highlight of the spring season was making it to the championship in the Pittsburgh Jam Fest and [I am] looking forward to the summer events,” he said. “I’m probably most excited for the Super 64 in Las Vegas. It’s always a really good event with a lot of talent.”
As he prepares for the summer AAU circuit, Anthony Dallier will work on his shooting and ball handling the most. With an impressive run in JUly, his recruitment could go even higher, but no matter what, this Northfield Mount Hermon standout will have plenty of top-notch opportunities to choose from. He could be the next NMH alum we are watching in the Ivy League!