Before Annie Alosa took over the Bishop Brady girls’ basketball program this past season, Sam Will was already on her radar.
The Division II First Team All-State player wasn’t a household name yet, but Will’s skill set on the court and character off was enough to catch the eye of her new coach.
“I knew her name before a little bit with a couple of the other kids here and just from my family being in Concord and reading the newspaper,” Alosa said. “I think just talking to Sam in the preseason, you could tell she’s a special kid.”
Alosa was right.
As one of the major components to the Green Giants’ motion offense and up-tempo style of play, Will thrived for a surging Brady team. She helped the Giants shakeup Division II by leading them to a 16-2 record during the regular season on the way to earning the No. 3 seed in the tournament. It was there where Will helped Brady get over the hump in the postseason with a victory in the first round over No. 10 Coe-Brown before the team bowed out to No. 6 Hollis-Brookline in the quarterfinals.
Along the way, Will was a nightly double-double threat with averages of 18 points and 12 rebounds per game, showing off her picture-perfect jumper from mid-range, bullying defenders inside for rebounds and points in the paint and showing off her touch from behind the 3-point line when necessary.
“We played her at wing and that’s obviously a huge advantage for us because she’s tough to guard,” Alosa said. “She’s a special kid, not just because of that, but she thinks the game, she reads defenses well and the motion-style offense she really thrives in. ... She learned a lot about herself as a player and the game from just playing at that position.”
Will is already garnering interest from college programs, but lucky for Alosa, that next level will have to wait until Will wraps up her senior season next winter where plenty of milestones await. With 872 career points, Will is sure to crack 1,000 points for her career and could become the all-time leading scorer for the program. She’s also already above 600 rebounds for her career, and yet still, the talented scorer is looking to improve.
“She doesn’t want to hear that she’s a great basketball player,” Alosa said. “She wants to know how to get better and that’s a huge applause to her.”