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Bridgton Academy PG Skeete a steal for Buffalo

November, 18, 2011
ESPN basketball recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein has a piece on the National Recruiting blog on three recent mid-major commitments who could end up becoming steals.

One of those includes Bridgton Academy (Maine) post-graduate point guard Jarryn Skeete, a native of Southern Ontario who recently committed to and signed with the University of Buffalo.

Finkelstein writes:

Jarryn Skeete (Brampton, Ontario/Bridgton Academy) to Buffalo
Two years ago, Buffalo landed a steal when it convinced upstate New York product Javon McCrea to stay close to home to play his college basketball. It turned out pretty well as McCrea went on to win MAC Freshman of the Year honors. Earlier this fall, coach Reggie Witherspoon landed another local product in sharpshooter Stan Wier, and on Tuesday he scored what could be another potential steal in Skeete, who will return to within 90 minutes of his family’s home in Brampton, Ontario when he suits up for Buffalo. Skeete was a guy flying just a little under the radar, occasionally overshadowed this summer on a loaded CIA Bounce team and currently spending a prep year at Bridgton Academy. He has the tools to emerge into a game changer for the Bulls. He’s got an instinctive feel for the game, great floor vision and passing ability, and a savvy court demeanor, all of which made him one of the best pure point guards still available in the Northeast.

Fenwick's Mike Clifford transferring back home

August, 5, 2011
Merrimack College officials have confirmed that former Bishop Fenwick standout Mike Clifford has transferred into the school from Division 1 University of Buffalo.

Because Clifford is moving down a division, he will be able to play immediately. He will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Warriors.

The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Danvers native overcame a broken leg injury before the season to put in a monster senior campaign for Fenwick in the 2008-09 season. He averaged 26.3 points and 18.5 rebounds as the Crusaders went 20-3 and advanced to the Division 3 North finals, where they lost to eventual state champion Watertown.

Clifford ended his career at Fenwick as the only player in school history to record both 1,000 points and rebounds, finishing with 1,707 and 1,250, respectively.

For some perspective, here's what the folks at Scouts Inc. were saying about Clifford back in the summer of 2008:

June, 2008: Clifford hits the glass on both ends hard and plays with a high level of intensity. Once he receives the ball in the post, he has a very solid repertoire of post moves to use for shots. Clifford utilizes counter moves in the post very well. He has range on his jumper and can slip picks for jumpers in the 15-18 feet range. Clifford has decent athleticism but seems to run into problems when defended by active, athletic big men.