Anthony Longpre’s background is slightly different than that of your typical high school basketball star. A Canadian native, Longpre’s native tongue is French having grown up in the greater Montreal region. “He’s from a small town 45 minutes northwest of Montreal,” Quinlan began. “Growing up, he had a hoop in his backyard and trained a ton on his own. He started playing for Brookwood Elite around 8th grade, then he came down here (Glenelg) for his sophomore year. Nelson Osse and Joey McKitterick from Brookwood Elite have played really important roles in Anthony’s development.”
Longpre’s game, and just as importantly body, have come a long way in the two years that he’s been at Glenelg. “He came here as a very good shooter, and he’s also an exceptional passer. Anthony’s biggest strides have been in his strength and conditioning. He tightened up his body and really improved his cardio.” Longpre checks in at 6’9, therefore having the size to play both frontcourt positions theoretically at the college level. “I think he’s the quintessential pick-and-pop forward in today’s game. He can shoot it. He can pump-fake and drive. Defensively, he can guard the post and on the perimeter."
Glenelg has a significant addition this year in 2017 Yale commit Jalen Gabiddon. Gabiddon was the leading scorer in the state of Pennsylvania last year, averaging 37.2 points per game at Harrisburg Academy as a junior. He is now at Glenelg Country, and will give them a huge boost at the wing guard position. One position somewhat in question for Glenelg has been the point. According to Coach Quinlan, Anthony Longpre could actually see some time there this year. “For us, he’s been asking to play point guard for two years. He wants to run the point. Those ball skills will help him for the next level. I’m actually trying to work on some sets now that could allow him the chance to play point guard.”
George Washington, St. Joe’s, Washington State, Princeton, and Kansas State make up Longpre’s final list of schools. He trimmed his list to five and Quinlan “suspects that he will want to take all five before making a final decision.” As Anthony prepares for his visits, Quinlan gave some insight into what he may be looking for in a college. “I think the big thing will be getting on campus. When you get on campus, do they have what you want? Do they have the courses you want? Is it the location you want? When you meet the guys on the team, can you see yourself spending the next four years with them? The visits will be so important for him.”
At the moment, Longpre has two visit dates set. He told Hawk Hill Hardwood that he is “going to visit SJU the 12th and 13th of September” and then George Washington “the weekend of the 16th.” No dates are set yet for Princeton, Washington State, or Kansas State.
Anthony Longpre is one of St. Joe’s primary recruiting targets in the 2017 class, and has been for quite some time. The Hawks are also in the final five for shooting guard Sasha Stefanovic, the final 12 for wing Walter Whyte, and in the mix with 6’9 forward Clifton Moore. The Hawks have just one scholarship remaining in the 2017 class.
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