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Thursday / June 13.
  • Class of 2026 star AJ Dybantsa wants to put Brockton, Mass. (back) on the map

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    By MATT WHITFIELD

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Brockton, Mass. has produced several great boxers in Marvin Hagler and Rocky Marciano. On the basketball front, Brockton native AJ Dybantsa has the potential to be a very special athlete himself.

    “Not everybody knows about Brockton, so I’m really trying to put it on that map, Massachusetts gets a little bit more love, but Brockton is my home,” Dybantsa, one of 18 finalists for the 2023 USA Men’s U16 National Team, said during training camp.

    Dybantsa is only a freshman at Saint Sebastian’s Country Day School, and the top rated player in the Class of 2026, but the youngster already sees the need to give back to his community.

    “After winning [Massachusetts] Gatorade Player of the Year, I donated $1,000 to the Boys and Girls Club on behalf of Gatorade, so that was a great,” said Dybantsa.

    Dybantsa said he went to the Boys and Girls club a couple time during his early years. Being that home is special to him, Dybantsa is also considering playing at home in the Northeast in college.

    “It’s definitely a consideration [to stay home in the Northeast]. I don’t have any specific schools I want to go to but, it’s definitely a consideration,” said Dybantsa

    One school that may be hard to turn down is UConn, as they recently offered Dybantsa.

    “[It’s] exciting, I know that they just won a national championship, so it’s a blessing. Any offer is really a blessing,” said Dybantsa.

    He also holds offers from Boston College, Providence, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Alabama and Washington, according to his dad.

    Dybantsa hasn’t taken any unofficial visits and recruitment wise says, “I’m open to anybody.”

    Dybantsa is only a freshman but his court acumen is already very special.

    “[I’m a] play-maker first, leader. I try and get to the rim a lot, but I can do a little bit of everything. I can play defense as well,” said Dybantsa.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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