WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. ? Mike DeMello played his first meaningful high school basketball last year as a junior point guard for Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers. When varsity coach Frank Kelly was recently replaced, however, his family decided to move him to White Plains High, where he plans to play for the Tigers.
"I'm excited and I'm a little nervous going from a small school to a school five times the size," DeMello said. "It's what's best for me and my family, but I know it will be good."
DeMello has moved into an apartment in White Plains and registered at White Plains High School. His father, Lou DeMello, coached at national power Rice High School in Harlem in the '90s and is a longtime AAU basketball coach and youth basketball organizer. He is now athletic director at House of Sports in Ardsley.
"After everything that's been happening at Kennedy I just can't see myself being successful there," DeMello said. "[White Plains] Coach [Spencer] Mayfield is a great coach and a great person that can guide me to that next level where I want to be. I will get to play better competition, which will help me a lot."
DeMello is waiting to be cleared by Section1 (the local high school governing body) to be eligible for the coming season. He was second in scoring for Kennedy last winter and helped lead the Gaels into the Section 1 Class A tournament. DeMello was a member of this summer's Hudson Valley all-star team that won the gold medal at the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Hoops Festival.
"I just want what's best for Mike, and this is something that we believe is right for him," Lou DeMello said. "He will play for a top coach and we just want him to enjoy school and playing basketball."
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