Alex Karaban named Gatorade’s New Hampshire Boys Basketball Player of the Year

On Friday, former Algonquin boys basketball star Alex Karaban was named the 2021 Gatorade New Hampshire boys basketball Player of the Year. 

The 6’8″ 220 lb. power forward from Northborough averaged 25.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season while playing in 14 games for the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. 

“I was just in shock,” Karaban said. “I was at a loss for words just because I know how much this award means.”

Karaban is the first player to be named New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year from the New Hampton School for boys basketball since Rashad McCants won back to back awards in 2001 and 2002. 

Alex Karaban with longtime New Hampton basketball coach and Hall of Famer Mark Tilton.

“I was really fired up for him,” New Hampton School basketball coach Andrew Gale said. “He’s worked really hard to get to this point and I think it’s a culmination of all that hard work for him and for us as a school.”

McCants went on to play at the University of North Carolina under former Tar Heels coach Roy Williams before getting drafted No. 14 overall in the 2005 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

“For us, its a huge accomplishment,” Gale added. “He represented us and our school really well this year.”

Karaban also helped lead the Huskies to a New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AAA title in 2020 and league MVP. 

Northborough resident Alex Karaban drives to the hoop against the Tilton School.

“That just set up him up for the success immediately after heading into his junior year with us where he just kind of took over,” Gale said. 

Despite the challenges brought on by COVID, including a shortened 2020-2021 NEPSAC season, Karaban has made a huge jump in his ability from his sophomore to junior year according to Gale. 

“Where we’ve seen the biggest change since he first stepped on campus is just how much stronger he has gotten and how his athletic ability has grown,” Gale said. “Going at the rim in his first couple games his sophomore year, he shied away from contact, trying to double clutch at the rim. Towards the end of his sophomore year he started to dunk a little bit more and be more physical at the rim.

“By the time he left here, he was hunting contact and was trying to put people on posters and be physical and play through the contact almost playing bully ball,” Gale added. 

Alex Karaban dribbles the basketball down the court during a game against Brewster Academy.

The 2019 Daily News Basketball Player of the Year already has over 20 college offers from schools across the country and will be playing his final year of high school basketball at IMG Academy next season. 

Karaban has yet to begin narrowing down his choices for college saying, “I’m just taking it all in.”

Gale believes that he should have the pick of the litter when it ultimately comes down to his choice of colleges to go to. 


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