Glenelg Coun­try’s Long­pre com­mits to Saint Joseph’s

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY -

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

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