has a sentence on his
Twitter page that sounds like it serves as a personal hoop mantra.
The line reads, "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."
Those 10 words clearly fuel the former Trinity High of Manchester basketball star.
, a 6-foot 2-inch guard for New Hampton School
, has verbally committed to play men's basketball at the University of Massachusetts
, according to New England Recruiting Report.
Multiple attempts to reach Laguerre
Former Trinity High School guard Jordan Laguerre is headed to the University of Massachusetts. (MARK BOLTON)
"I have been down three times, played with the team, and gotten to know the underclassmen," Laguerre
"I like the kids I'm going to be playing with, feel like I can talk to the coaches, and like the school itself."
Laguerre joined Trinity's varsity squad as a freshman and played three seasons for the Queen City school.
helped the Pioneers advance to three consecutive Class L championship games from 2007 to '09, and scored 1,053 points in his
Nine of those points came in a 90-second span when Laguerre
was a freshman.
Laguerre left Trinity for New Hampton after his junior year (2008-09).
26 points in the Class L title game paced the Pioneers to a 50-25 win over Manchester Memorial, a 21-1 record, the program's first championship since 1985, and the distinction of the Granite State's top talent as New Hampshire Union Leader Player of the Year.
stock continued to rise with New Hampton's
Keefe said Laguerre
, known for his above-the-rim play as a Pioneer, worked tirelessly to improve his on-court decision-making and right-handed dribbling skills.
is the latest.
And for all of Jordan's
basketball skills and prowess and coach Keefe's coaching brillance and bringing out the best in his
players (on and off the court), both are quality people away from the court.