To kick off the Fall, we are continuing our Friday Features. These Friday Features showcase some of the Class of 2019 committed players. Our goal with these is to give a glimpse into committed senior’s basketball journeys and their thinking throughout the college recruiting process to share with other aspiring college basketball players.
In this week’s Friday Feature, we interviewed Maren Durant. Maren talked about the entirety of her college recruiting process, including her decision to re-open her college search with the coaching change at Boston University and ultimately, re-committing to BU. We also got a chance to hear from her Mass Mavericks coach, Dan Beauchemin.
Enjoy this week’s Friday Feature with Boston University commit, Maren Durant!
Maren Durant, Class of 2019, 6’3, Pos: C, Rivers/Mass Mavericks – COMMITTED TO: BOSTON UNIVERSITY
When did you first start playing basketball?
I first started playing town basketball in the third grade. Then, in eighth grade, I joined my first AAU team.
What was your overall recruiting process like and what were some of the schools that showed interest in you?
Overall, I would describe my recruiting process as unique. I’ve always prioritized my education, so I knew I wanted to go to a great school with an equally great basketball program. In terms of schools, I received interest from BU and Brown late my sophomore year; in junior fall, other schools in the Ivy and Patriot Leagues reached out as well.
Tell us a little bit about the thought process when Coach Moseley took over and your decision to re-open your college search and then ultimately re-commit to BU.
At the time, reopening my college search was daunting, but I now know that it was completely necessary. I knew BU was still high on my list, but I had to back up, take a breath and consider every option on the table. Having the opportunity to do my college search for the second time, I knew I would either be able to find a better fit that I wasn’t open to before or I would realize BU is the best place for me, which I did.
Did your family, friends, etc. play a role in your decision and how so?
My family and friends were definitely a big support system for me throughout this process.
Tell us a little bit about your high school and AAU experience and how both played a role in your decision.
Without my high school and AAU experiences, I would not have been able to make decisions about my future. Coach Pipe and Coach Beauchemin have not only improved my game but have also provided exceptional guidance. Being a part of two different programs, Rivers and Mass Mavericks, has exposed me to many great people and resources that have taught me countless lessons that were applicable in basketball and recruiting too.
In the end, why did you choose Boston University?
I chose BU because it’s a combination of various characteristics that I love. One being it’s great academically. Two, the basketball program and coaching staff are awesome. Three, it’s in my favorite city.
What are you most looking forward to at BU?
I am most excited about being in Boston and taking advantage of all the available opportunities that come with being in the city.
What is your favorite memory playing basketball growing up?
I think all my favorite memories of basketball are being with my friends and playing the sport I love.
Any advice for players who are looking to play at the next level? (About the recruiting process, on and off the court, etc.)
In the recruiting process, I think the most important thing you can do is becoming an advocate for yourself. I took it as my responsibility to do research and figure out what schools I was and wasn’t interested in. The more you can learn about what you want for your future, the easier it is finding schools with teams and coaches that click with you.
How will your high school team be this upcoming season? What are your goals entering your final season?
I’m so excited for this upcoming season. It’s crazy to think I’ll be a co-captain, but I anticipate a successful senior year. My personal goal is to keep improving, but as for the team I have high hopes for championships.
What are you most excited for in your senior year?
I’m excited to enjoy all the experiences that come with being a senior!
Now hear from Mass Mavericks Head Coach, Dan Beauchemin, on what he had to say about Maren!
Where did you first see Maren Play?
I first saw Maren play before our first season together – she was in 9th Grade. I was moving over to coach for the Mavericks and they were getting ready to play in their last tournament. First thing I noticed was how much she talks on defense. Second thing was how hard she runs for a big.
What have you enjoyed most about coaching Maren?
Her communication. It never stops and elevates all of her teammates as she directs traffics and calls screens and situations. No matter the score, the opponent, how she was playing offensively, she remained engaged defensively. It is a very selfless behavior.
She is usually the first to engage new players at practices and in workouts – I never worried about them feeling left out with Maren around.
Tell me a little bit about Maren as a person off the court?
Maren is highly intelligent and so interesting to talk to. She has a quirky sense of humor and is not afraid to engage some back-and-forth with her coaches. Whether trying to teach me French (she failed at that) or admonishing me to be a nicer person, Maren leaves me smiling. She is about as genuine a person as you could find in a young person.
What are you most excited about seeing Maren do at the next level?
I’m excited to see her go to BU and watch her evolve her offense at the next level. She will have to get stronger, but I think her offensive game will improve, while she definitely help improve their defense.
Any other thoughts?
In a lot of ways, Maren embodies her team. She plays extremely hard, never complains and stays level emotionally. She never brought an agenda to the team – she bought in and was a very giving teammate. BU is very lucky to have a person of this quality entering the program.