Glenelg Country’s Longpre commits to Saint Joseph’s
In L’Assomption, Quebec, French is the dominant language and hockey the dominant sport. For a lanky boy hoping to play major-college basketball in the United States, growing up in a far-flung Montreal suburb was, to put it mildly, less than conducive to fulfilling those hoop dreams.
With that realization in mind, Anthony Longpre left his native Canada in 2014 to live with a host family in Maryland, enroll at Glenelg Country and join the Dragons’ varsity basketball team. Two years later, the 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward’s decision has paid off. Longpre committed to Saint Joseph’s this week.
“Everything feels great,” Longpre said Thursday. “When I got here two years ago, I was a completely different player. I just started working on my game and worked out every day. Language, too. When I got here, I couldn’t speak the language. Now I’m a lot better. Everything is better than when I got here.”
Longpre will join a Hawks team that won the Atlantic 10 Conference last season, beat Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA tournament and came five points short of knocking off top-seeded Oregon in the second.
While Isaiah Miles’ journey from freshman standout at Glenelg Country to college star at Saint Joseph’s was fairly direct, Longpre’s has been anything but. It began when he started playing basketball competitively at age “11 or 12,” and later joined Brookwood Elite, a Montreal-based, Adidas-sponsored Amateur Athletic Union program.
Kevin Quinlan, Glenelg Country’s coach, keeps in touch with other basketball coaches around the world who might know of “a high-level player who wants to play in the States and is an outstanding student.” One of his Canadian contacts put him in touch with Brookwood Elite’s director, who immediately thought of Longpre.
Longpre was a force for the Dragons immediately, averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 points as a sophomore. As a junior, despite new defensive attention, Longpre put up 12.7 points and 10 rebounds per game, earning all-conference honors again. — Matt Bracken