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THE HOOP HUSTLE’S 2019 PREP PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CHRIS LEDLUM

By THE HUSTLE, 03/13/19, 5:00AM EDT

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Chris Ledlum

 6’6” Wing, Northfield-Mt Hermon

Harvard-commit

Averaged 25.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1 block for a NMH squad that went 32-6 and won the NEPSAC AAA Championship…Ledlum was a force of nature from the moment he set foot on campus and quickly established himself as the program’s heart-&-soul early in the fall. At the beginning of November, Ledlum committed to Harvard, choosing the elite Ivy League program over Wake Forest, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt among others….He proceeded to become the region’s leading offensive weapon once the season kicked off. After an efficient 27-point night to open the ‘18-’19 campaign, Ledlum followed with a handful of productive games and was averaging over 20 points per game heading into December. That’s when the 6’6” wing took his game to a different level. Ledlum would average 38.5 points over NMH’s ensuing 4-game stretch, including a 51-point barrage against Master’s, where he shot 22-28 from the floor, 3-6 from 3 and 4-4 from the FT line, while dazzling the Scholar Roundball Classic crowd at Babson...His 43-point performance against Thornlea, one of Canada’s top prep programs, led NMH to a comeback victory and included one of the season’s best dunks. Not only did it make it’s way through the hoops landscape but it was also featured in HOFer Randy Moss’ “You Got Moss’d” segment on ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown...It would also help lay the foundation for the most prolific scoring season in the history of NMH basketball...

The NY JayHawks-product went on to score 20+ points in 25 games, tally 30+ points in 13 games and operate in an efficient manner that also resulted in a ton of team success. In the 18 games in which Ledlum scored 27-or-more points, he shot 57% from the field (on just over 18 attempts per game) while NMH rolled to a 17-1 record. Opponents held Ledlum under-15 points just twice all season...NMH’s captain also played some of his best basketball when it mattered most heading into the postseason. In a 7-game stretch prior to the National Prep Championship, Ledlum averaged 30.3 points while NMH reached new heights as a team. After scoring 37 points vs. St. Thomas More in the AAA semifinals, Ledlum put together an inspired 31-point, 9-rebound, 4-assist MVP performance in a 96-85 win over Brewster in the AAA Championship Game...In early-February, he crossed the 700-point mark and broke the NMH single-season scoring record that was set last season by current-Notre Dame sniper Nate Laszewski. Ledlum would finish the season with an astounding 939 points while shooting 55% from the field, 39% from 3 and 68% from the FT line...

While his ever-improving skillset led to eye-popping point totals and his fearless athleticism led to jaw-dropping dunks, they are only a few of the traits that allowed Ledlum to leave such a lasting impact on the programs that he's been a part of. His unbridled passion, genuine character and elite motor never wavered as he developed into one of the nation's top prospects. It's been an absolute pleasure watching Ledlum develop into such a great player while becoming an even better young man over the last year. 

On the court, his work ethic quickly made him a role model for younger NMH and JayHawks players to follow. Off the court, Ledlum set a standard of excellence and tirelessly paved a path that will bring him to the world's most prestigious university this fall.

For these reasons and so many more, Chris Ledlum is The Hoop Hustle’s 2019 Prep Player of the Year.


More than a captain, NMH’s all-time single-season scoring leader or The Hustle’s 2019 Player of the Year! Ledlum will ALWAYS be defined by more than stats & accolades. Here, he hides his MVP trophy during the TEAM photo after the AAA Championship Game


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