St. Thomas More 2014 point guard Cane Broome committed so Sacred Heart on Wednesday afternoon, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein.
Broome, a star point guard originally at East Hartford High School who transferred to St. Thomas More and repeated his junior year, has been one of New England’s most well-known players since the eighth grade. He said Sacred Heart coach Anthony Latina made the decision an easy one for him: the coach didn’t miss a single one of Broome’s games this summer.
“I picked Sacred Heart because it’s a wonderful academic school, and playing time as a freshman there was more than anywhere else," Broome told ESPNBoston.com. "I had a good relationship with the coach and felt comfortable; he didn’t miss a game this summer. He was there for the good ones and the bad."
Known primarily as a scorer during his days at East Hartford, Broome had a rude awakening when he went to St. Thomas More. On his first day of class at the Oakdale, Conn. prep school, well-known coach Jere Quinn pulled Broome into his office to give him a reality check.
“[Quinn] told me if I wanted to play Division 1 ball that I had to become a point guard," Broome said. "He put me in tough situations last year to make me a better player. I learned to be a leader from being around him and playing for him really matured my game and got me to become a point guard. I’ve become a smarter player, my mindset was score and that’s it, no defense, barely any assists…coming out of East Hartford."
This summer, he ran the point for a loaded Expressions Elite squad that advanced to the Nike Peach Jam. By creating opportunities for blue-chip scorers like Abdul-Malik Abu, Jared Terrell, and Jared Wilson-Frame, Broome’s knack for playmaking brought in attention from several Division 1 coaches. He even got feedback on his game from the nation’s top-ranked point guard, Tyus Jones.
“[EYBL] helped me a lot, just seeing the high level guards and going against them and learning different things. When we played Howard Pulley, Tyus Jones gave me a lot of feedback on my game and helped me out,” Broome said.
St. Thomas More was the top seed in the NEPSAC Class AAA tournament last year, but came up just short of Brewster Academy in the championship game, falling 77-75 to a Bobcats team who boasted perhaps the best front line in the nation. With his recruitment out of the way, Broome can now fully focus on school—and some unfinished business on the court.
“I’m really relieved, just school and worrying about winning the NEPSAC this year is all that’s on my mind now.”