2013 Summer Player Evaluations: Granite State Raiders (NH)
Matt Borrello for Mass Prep Stars
Frank Alosa has been running the Granite State Raiders AAU Program since the 1980’s. Along with Leo Papile from the BABC, and Wayne Simone from CT. Select, you can make an argument that these three programs were the first ones that put AAU basketball on the map. Since then, AAU has exploded and now you have thousands of programs all across New England competing in tournaments.
One of the most common responses I received from coaches when I mentioned that I was heading up Espsom, NH to see the Granite State Raiders practice is - “Frank is still coaching?” The answer is “YES”, and his team features some of the top players in New England that no one is talking about. The Raider program has been tucked away in Epsom, NH and practicing two to three times per week, and rehearsing before they hit the national AAU circuit in July.
“AAU has changed a lot," Alosa said. "It was never intended for it to be a program where every week you compete in a tournament. The philosophy with the Raiders is to work with these kids, develop them, and get them ready for July, so coaches can see them at their best.”
The headliner for the Raiders this summer is Pat Welch '14. A 6-foot-2 Combo Guard from Pembroke Academy. Welch (pictured above left) plays under control, and can score in a variety of ways. He can play the point, as well as the off guard position. Welch has not received a lot of interest thus far, but that will pick up in July when they start traveling.
Jordan Williams '14 6-foot-4, Combo Forward, Pembroke Academy (NH). An explosive athlete who can get up and down the court and can finish in traffic. He is still a bit raw offensively, but once he puts it all together, Williams will be another player that scholarship level schools should keep an eye on.
Ryan Otis '14 6-foot-0, Guard, Trinity High School (NH). Otis can play both guard positions, and is a very good shooter from the perimeter.
Andrew Thompson '14 6-foot-8, Power Forward, St. Paul’s School. A skilled big man, with a nice touch around the basket, and can spot up from 12 to 15 feet away from the basket.
Anthony Karalekas '14 6-foot-4, Forward, Philips Exeter. Karalekas is recovering from shoulder surgery, but he is another great shooter that has great size for his position.
Rob Wilson '14 - 6-foot-8, Center, Londonberry (NH). Wilson has come a long way, as he’s shed off over 100 pounds, and is still developing. He is certainly a player to keep an eye on come July.
Underclassmen to keep an eye on:
Andrew Houde '15 a 6-foot-3 Guard from Newport High School, and forward Dominic Timbas '15 from Pembroke are Big Time athletes and will also be competing in July for Granite State.
Matt Borrello is the President / Founder of New England Scouting Services
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