Jimmy Hulland will continue to play hoops in a familiar system next winter.
“I am excited to announce my commitment to further my athletic and academic career at the University of New England,” Hulland announced on social media April 20. “I’d like to thank my family, friends, and coaches to help me get to this point.”
The RHAM High School senior is headed to play for the Nor’easters up-tempo system in Maine led by head coach Ed Silva, who RHAM basketball head coach Todd Dean was an assistant for six years prior to taking over the Raptors’ program last winter.
“I think Jimmy's best basketball is ahead of him,” said Dean. “He is athletic, which will help him. I think at times he will try to do too much, not out of a selfish reason, but out of a want-to-win reason.”
Hulland, who is a 6’2” and has the stamina of a deer, was the ideal fit for Dean’s fast-paced approach this past winter.
The result was an all-conference selection for Hulland, who averaged over 17 points per game and canned three three-pointers per contest as the Raptors won 17 of 20 regular season games.
Basketball is just one of many athletic gifts for Hulland, who starred as a three-sport athlete at the high school
In the fall he dazzled as the Raptors’ main receiving threat on the gridiron, hauling down a team-high 30 receptions for 650 yards and four touchdowns.
Currently, he is one of two seniors on the boys’ golf team in Hebron. Hulland called golf a “major hobby” that he will continue to do in the future.
Golf may be his hobby, but his true passion remains on the hardwood. Hulland said this past season was the most fun he had playing on the basketball, saying his favorite memory from the season was when he flushed a thunderous dunk during the Raptors 72-54 victory in the first round of the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) tournament.
Dean praised his Hulland’s textbook jump shot and desire to improve his overall game.
Those qualities, along with his long, athletic frame and ability to play multiple positions should allow him to flourish at the next level in Biddeford, ME.
“It felt like it was a great fit,” Hulland said of his college decision. “It will be easy to flow right into that program because it’s the same offense from high school.”
At UNE, he will major in business as he plays for a Nor’easters squad who compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Hulland reflected fondly about his time at RHAM, stating he “loved the school, the teachers, the education, and everything about it.”
“I’m looking forward to just being able to continue to play basketball,” said Hulland, who will graduate from RHAM on June 15. “I just love to play basketball and the atmosphere it brings. It will just be fun to transition from high school to college.”
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