NY Post Girls Basketball Recruiting Notebook: Marymount's Dugan, CK's Raaf Pick College Destinations

NY Post Girls Basketball Recruiting Notebook: Marymount's Dugan, CK's Raaf Pick College Destinations

From NY Post | April 22, 2012

A tip from a family friend helped shape Abby Dugan’s basketball life. The Marymount star forward, then a freshman, was told to check out trainer Ross Burns, who just began giving sessions at Dalton in Manhattan, and his Pro Hoops Organization. She was immediately hooked and worked with Burns, now a renowned trainer, for the next four years. He has trained NBA stars like Ben Gordon, Mike Dunleavy, Kevin Love and Joakim Noah, was a member of the coach John Calipari’s 1995-96 Final Four team at UMass and has held multiple college coaching jobs.

“He’s helped me with so many things, not just the basketball skills, but he’s been a good mentor for me," said Dugan, who got to meet David Lee and Noah. They worked on expanding the 6-foot-1 forward’s mid-range game and added an assortment of post moves. Burns said he saw right way that Dugan was serious about improving and lauded her work ethic and hunger. She will play college basketball next season at Division III Gettysburg, picking the Pennsylvania school over Trinity College, Bowdoin College, Connecticut College, Salve Regina University and Roger Williams University. “They saw she is a good rebounder and they saw she has some size to her," Burns said. … “We are going to see how much that helps at the next level when she steps out and makes some of those shots."

Dugan liked Gettysburg for its balance of athletics and academics, particularly its organization management studies major. She wants to work for the Knicks or in the NBA in general down the road. When she visited in January, she found the coaching staff welcoming and the girls excited for the future of the program. She was trying to stay somewhat close to home anyway. The Bullets went 12-13 overall and 10-10 in the Centennial Conference under head coach Mike Kirkpatrick. “They enjoy what they do," Dugan said. “They said they have a good balance of everything at Gettysburg." She was named Marymount’s captain for her final season and led the team in scoring with an average of 16 points per game and also averaged 12 rebounds and four blocked shots per contest.

Dugan was twice named to the AAIS All-League team. Marymount beat NYCAL regular season champion Columbia Prep at Horace Mann’s Peg Duggan tournament. “I tried to impart a little advice to them," Dugan said of her younger team. “This is how we do things on varsity. … Towards the end of the season they really got it. I think I left them in good hands."