2008 Intro: Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy is a guy who hasn't gotten a ton of recognition yet, but that could change in a hurry - especially if he puts on some weight. The 6-foot-7 rising junior forward has a lot of similarities to his predecessor at BB&N, Michigan freshman forward Kendric Price.

Two years ago, it was Kendric Price who put Buckingham Browne and Nichols on the map as far as basketball was concerned. He was long, skilled and versatile. Now it's Andrew McCarthy's turn to keep BB&N in the headlines.

The 6-foot-7, 175-pound McCarthy just finished a sophomore campaign in which he averaged 19 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. He's come a long way from his days at Lincoln-Sudbury when freshman weren't allowed to play up.

``I didn't really have a good experience at LS," McCarthy said. "But it was still a tough adjustment going to BB&N. I liked the idea of a smaller school and the basketball is a lot better."

Two years ago, McCarthy was more of a role player, averaging about 14 points per game as an understudy to Price – who was a freshman at Michigan this season.

This year McCarthy took more responsibility on his shoulders – both on and off the court.

McCarthy is a scorer who can step out and knock down shots from mid-range and also does a nice job around the basket. He does a nice job moving without the ball and flashing to the basket.

``We've played a national schedule and he's performed well," Junior Celtics coach Craig Stockmall said. "He's shown that he's one of the best players in the area."

Right now, his biggest weakness is his strength.

``Kendric and I are similar, but he's more athletic," McCarthy said. "We both like to play inside and out and we both like a fast-paced kind of game."

``He projects to be a four in college, so he's got to get stronger," Stockmall added. "But he's really improved his outside shot considerably over the last year. That's really allowed him to step away from the post."

McCarthy has received interest from most of the local schools – Boston College, BU and Northeastern – in addition to a few Ivy Leagues – Penn, Princeton and Brown.

``I'd like a good academic situation as well as big-time basketball if possible," McCarthy said. "Playing time is important, also. I'd also like to stay relatively close."

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