Mike Crotty Jr. Follows His Father’s Legacy with the Middlesex Magic
by. Manu Sharma
While football season is approaching their annual playoffs and turkey day games there is another season going on, it is fall AAU basketball. Many AAU and club programs continue their seasons into the fall for those student-athletes who wish to get a jump start for their high school basketball season and team. These fall tournaments are important to players looking to earn a scholarship or just to play college ball. One such program that has benefitted from fall basketball is the Middlesex Magic, a program created by legendary AAU coach and mentor, Michael Crotty Sr and now directed by his son, Michael Crotty Jr.
Crotty Sr coached over 100 current and former high school and college basketball players, mostly from greater Boston and Middlesex County regions. Starting with two teams in 1993, there are currently over 160 players and 14 teams in various age divisions.
Crotty Jr was a standout at every institution he has attended, starting with Belmont High to Phillips Exeter as a post grad and finally to Williams, culminating in a Division III National Championship in 2003. After Williams, he spent a year with a travelling with a U.S. Pro-Am team as well as the Harlem Globetrotters. When he returned the next year, he earned a position with the Boston Celtics as a director of player development.
We were able to catch up to Mike Crotty Jr for a Q & A session.
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