February 15, 2011

BC Recruiting New Hampton Standout

The recruiting class of 2012 is looking like it will be one of the strongest classes in the past few years. Many of the good and great players from the class play basketball right here in New England, which means many of the local players are starting to take notice of what Coach Donahue and his staff are doing at the Heights. One of those local players that BC is targeting is New Hampton prep's Zach Auguste, who grew up 40 minutes from Conte Forum in Marlborough,MA.

As of last June only local colleges like Quinnipiac and UMass had offered a scholarship to Auguste, but now he's starting to get offers from BCS-level schools. "BC, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oregon State, and just recently Wake Forest have offered me," said Auguste.

Auguste is a 6'9" power forward who looks like he would fit well into Donahue's offensive system. Auguste has excellent ball skills for a power forward, as he possesses a good handle on the ball and has no problem finding open teammates with a sharp pass. Auguste isn't too shabby of a shooter either, which is obviously a bonus.

"Fortunately for Zach, we've had to rely on him so I think his development has come a long way. He's worked at it and he's got a back to the basket game now. I think he's got an understanding what it takes to be successful certainly from a competitive standpoint which is the biggest thing," said New Hampton coach Peter Hutchins.

A noticeable development in Auguste's game is that he's starting to do some of the little things well this season. As an example, in a recent game against Brewster Academy, Auguste set several solid picks that set teammates free for a drive to the hoop. Not only did Auguste set a solid, legal pick, but he also disengaged off of his pick at the exact right time and didn't stand still for too long. Hutchins says this is something he works on with his guys on a regular basis.

"I think details are very important to our team so that's an expectation that (Zach) does those types of things. When these guys transition to the next level they have to be able to do that stuff so that's why it's an expectation with us," said Hutchins.

Auguste certainly has the skills to be a big time player, and it's obvious that he's coached well. However like with any young player, Auguste still has some parts to his game that he has to work on. More than anything else, Auguste is working on trying to be consistent night in and night out, not only physically but mentally. In a recent game against Brewster Academy, Auguste was challenged inside by a pair of 6'9" players, 2011 recruit Markus Kennedy(Villanova commit) and 2012 recruit Mitch McGary (multiple DI offers). Auguste picked up two quick fouls which took him out of the flow of the game for the rest of the half.

"I've got to stay mentally strong. Like in this game (against Brewster) I got a couple of fouls early in the beginning and I just kind of lost control. I've got to learn to pick up my emotions and get back in the game and help my team out. That's probably the biggest thing that I have to work on," admitted Auguste.

Coach Hutchins echoed comments similar to Auguste's assessment of himself.

"He's got the potential to be a really high level guy and I think he's just scratching the surface. I don't think it's about if, I think it's about when he puts it together and gets a little more consistent," said Hutchins.

More and more schools are starting to notice Auguste, and there's no doubt that this summer will be a big one for him. Auguste says that he plans to make his official visits at the end of the summer and will decide on a school after the visits are over. Aside from taking everything in on visits, Auguste says that feeling comfortable and close to a coaching staff is very important to him when he's weighing his options. Right now, Auguste is talking with BC Associate Head Coach Joe Jones the most and feels a bond with him.

"He's the man. He's a really good guy," said Auguste.

Aside from his comfort level with Jones, Auguste is also impressed with what he's seen from BC this winter.

"Oh yea I've watched them. Their style of play is real good and fits me," said Auguste.

Auguste says that he will make his college decision by October. BC fans hope he will choose the school that's close to home.

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