Boston G Carl Pierre completes Matt McCall’s first UMass recruiting class

  • New UMass men's basketball coach Matt McCall speaks during a press conference held to welcome him Thursday at the Champions Center.

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Published: 6/6/2017 10:46:37 PM

Carl Pierre was headed to prep school. The B.C. High senior believed he was good enough to be a Division I player and he thought a year at Westminster would help earn him that opportunity.

A strong spring on the AAU circuit began sparking interest, heavy among Patriot League schools and budding among bigger programs, including Texas Tech and Providence. But when UMass offered a scholarship and a chance to enroll for the 2017-18 season, the 6-foot-3 guard changed his plans.

“I liked the program and Coach (Matt) McCall a lot,” Pierre said. “I visited. I felt comfortable there. Liked the coaching staff. They were a great bunch of guys. The players were super cool, super welcoming. I liked the system and thought it was an opportunity I shouldn’t pass up.”

According to the Boston Herald, Pierre averaged 22 points and eight rebounds to lead B.C. High to the Catholic Conference title. Pierre said he takes defense seriously.

“I’m a kid who takes pride in playing on both sides of the ball,” he said.

B.C. High coach Bill Loughnane was surprised Pierre didn’t get Division I interest sooner. He’s had Division I players before and thought Pierre measured up. He thought UMass would be a good fit.

“I think he’ll have a good career there,” Loughnane said. “He can shoot the ball. He’s the ideal build. He’s long and quick. He has a frame that he could put 15 or 20 more pounds of muscle on. I think UMass is going to like him.”

Loughnane thought if he had gone to prep school, interest in Pierre would have blossomed.

“He’d have definitely opened some eyes,” Loughnane said.

Formerly the coach at South Boston, Loughnane coached former Minutemen Monty Mack and Jonathan DePina. Pierre and DePina have been in touch.

“Jonathan is my guy,” Pierre said. “He told me what it was like when he was there.”

Pierre will be the first UMass player from Greater Boston to enroll out of high school since DePina in 1997. Shannon Crooks, Tony Gaffney and Anthony Gurley were all from eastern Massachusetts, but arrived as transfers.

“It’s not down the street, but definitely manageable for my friends and family to come see me play,” Pierre said. “It’s a great school in a great league.”

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage


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