Jeff Adrien: Top Player in Bay State?

Jeff Adrien has been pegged as an undersized four-man because of BABC's need for the 6-6 forward to play in the post. However, one look at Adrien for his high school team at Brookline High is all you need to realize he can do much more.

Unfortunately for Jeff Adrien, BABC doesn't boast any 6-11 big men like its had in the past with Keith Butler, Torin Francis and Courtney Sims. That meant that the 6-6, 220-pound Brookline High (Mass.) senior had to go up against the big boys in the middle despite frequently giving away six inches.

Adrien fared well despite the height differential, but he became pegged as more of an undersized power forward because college coaches only saw a kid who was able to do work in the paint.

Adrien's strength is clearly his aggressiveness down low and his ability to rebound and block shots, but he's able to show much more while playing for coach Mark Fiedor at Brookline.

``I have freedom in high school and Coach Fiedor is really the only one who knows about what I can do on the perimeter," Adrien said. "College coaches don't because I can't do it for BABC."

That was quite clear during Brookline's 69-66 victory at rival Newton North on Monday – in which Adrien finished with 36 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. He also had 17 points, 15 boards and 12 blocks in a season-opening victory against Braintree.

Adrien scored the majority of his buckets in the paint against Newton North and its star sophomore, Anthony Gurley, but he also displayed a nice pull-up foul line jumper, the ability to put the ball on the floor – and also a soft touch from the foul line that resulted in a 6-for-6 effort.

``People don't understand how good he is," Fiedor said. "If there's anyone better in the state, I don't know who it is."

Fiedor might just be right on that one.

Adrien is currently receiving interest from the likes of Wright State, Providence, URI, Southern Illinois and Fordham – although there's a good chance he will attend prep school after his senior campaign. He already took an official visit to Wright State and he may schedule trips to both URI and Providence in the near future.

``I still need to extend my shooting range and improve my ballhandling," Adrien added. "Actually, I have to improve all aspects of my game."

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