NMH's Brodeur scores first D1 offer

Northfield Mount Hermon incoming Class of 2016 center A.J. Brodeur picked up his first Division 1 scholarship offer today, from Holy Cross.

"When I got the phone call, at first I had a smile on my face for about a half hour," Brodeur told ESPNBoston.com. "It feels good. I was happy, I was really excited."

The 6-foot-8 Brodeur is one of the most promising young stars in Massachusetts, considered a high-ceiling prospect after a monster sophomore campaign at Algonquin Regional this past season. The Tomahawks captured the No. 1 overall seed in MIAA Division 1 Central this season thanks to Brodeur, who averaged 17.5 points, 14.4 rebounds, 8.5 blocks and 4.5 assists; that also includes four triple-doubles of points, rebounds and blocks. He earned a spot on ESPN Boston's annual MIAA All-State Team for his efforts.

Brodeur, a Northborough resident, is transferring to NMH for this school year and re-classifying to the Class of 2016.

The offer comes as both a breath of excitement and a sigh of relief for the Brodeur family. Raised by a single mother, A.J. is about to part ways with his older brother, Jackson, who is headed off to the University of Southern California this fall.

"It feels really good knowing that I won't have to pay for college," he said. "My mom is a single mother, and my brother's going off to college -- it's hard enough doing that. And to have the opportunity to play college basketball is great."