Taking Their Talents to the Ivies

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“Over the last seven years we’ve sent at least one player to every Ivy League school,” Carroll said. “We currently have three at Dartmouth, two at Yale, two at Brown, [and] one at Princeton.”

Taking Over
In the 2013-2014 season, prep school players made up 47.7 percent all Ivy League men's basketball players.

Beyond the players that have already been recruited and matriculated to Ivy League schools, the increase in numbers have important implications for the future prep-to-Ivy connection.

“When our kids visit these schools, they can have conversations ahead of time with our players and alumni, and then also times they get hosted by our players when they’re there,” Carroll said. “They feel like the visit and information they are getting is a lot more genuine, because it is within the NMH family.”

The recruitment structure presents an opportunity to both sides; from the recruit’s perspective, the personal attention and trust with the NMH college athletes in the Ivy League helps ease the otherwise stressful process.

“It was easy to talk to [Crimson players] about their experience here and what it was like,” Cummins said. “Coming up to visit and being able to stay with guys that you were friends with from school. It definitely helped. The biggest thing [was] being able to get honest evaluations of every place throughout the Ivy league was a big role.”

For the institution, the NMH family provides a welcoming committee and, in turn, an increased likelihood of a commitment. Brown says that he personally reaches out to NMH players Amaker is scouting, serving as their guide when they take campus visits.

“When they come up here, [you] take them under your wing and show them the ropes and open the eyes to what Harvard can give them,” Brown said.


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