In fact Degand and current Cyclone Will Blalock have been battling on the court for years.
"[Will] used to be around the neighborhood," Degand said. "We grew up across town from each other so I used to see him a lot around the basketball courts."
The duo also played on the same BABC AAU team, but not at the same time as Blalock is a couple years older.
One of the top players in
During his senior season he
averaged 17.3 points, 8 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Degand was a Boston City
All-Star and a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic team member, which
rates the best 12 players in
Degand is fast.
"My speed is one of my strengths because I'm not as strong as these guys," he said.
He's also young, Degand turns 18 in January.
"[I am] more mature than most 17 year olds," he said. "I've been a grade ahead all my life, so it's really not that big of a difference to me."
So far the biggest adjustment for
the youngster has been the wide-open
"It's not crowded here," he said.