Former Wahconah forward Brandon Roughley transferring to Salisbury School, reclassifying
Roughley, a skilled 6-foot-6 forward, will attend the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn. this season. Salisbury plays in the NEPSAC Class A.
He'll reclassify to the class of 2020, gaining another year of eligibility. He's joining former Pittsfield guard Bryce Daley at the school.
"I just felt like it was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up," Roughley said, "to play better competition and reach my goal of playing college basketball."
Roughley will play under head coach Harlan Dodson, a former Williams College basketball player. Dodson said upon meeting Roughley, he was impressed with the former Warriors' combination of size and speed for someone his age.
"I can't believe how young he is," Dodson said. "When I first met the kid, I'm like — 'there's no way he's 15.'
"I'm 6-foot-8 and I was not fluid at all at age 15 or 16. I didn't get my legs under me until I was 17 or 18. The fact that he is that big, that skilled, the ability to put in on the deck, the ability to attack at that age is really impressive. If he can develop a consistent jump shot and get a little stronger, which are two things he'll be able to do, there's really no guessing on how good he'll be."
During his two years at Wahconah he helped the Warriors improve from eight wins as a freshman, to 14 wins as a sophomore and a Western Massachusetts Division III tournament semifinal appearance. He averaged 22 points per game in the Western Mass. tournament, doing most of his work from the paint and the free throw line.
Wahconah basketball coach Dustin Belcher said Roughley is already a complete player.
"Brandon is an excellent basketball player that brings a lot to the table in terms of his ability — obviously his size — but also his ability to handle the ball for a guy his size, his basketball IQ and court sense," Belcher said. "He's also a hard-working kid. He comes to the gym, doesn't get cheated and works hard. They're going to be very happy with that, as well."
Roughley is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Daley (UMass-Lowell), and former Lenox guard Bailey Patella (Vermont Academy, University of Vermont) as former Berkshire County players to go from the NEPSAC to a high-level college.
The former Warrior said the decision to leave his teammates and classmates was a difficult one. He's made lasting memories during his time in Dalton, but now he's hoping he'll get the exposure necessary to continue his basketball career in college.
"There's not a lot exposure in Berkshire County for basketball," he said. "Having the extra year to get stronger and better furthers my options with colleges."
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