A little breaking news tonight…
According to his father, Lou, junior point guard Mike DeMello has officially transferred from Kennedy to White Plains High School. DeMello was registered at the school last week and will complete his paperwork with the school tomorrow.
DeMello will still have to be cleared by the section to participate in athletics for the 2012-13 school year, but the family has leased an apartment in White Plains to establish residency.
Lou DeMello, the former coach at Rice High School, said his son is among a group of players who transferred from Kennedy since the school abruptly dismissed Frank Kelly this summer after three seasons as the head coach.
“The way everything worked out, the firing of a coach for no rhyme or reason, we just couldn’t understand that,” DeMello said. “He was a person who devoted himself, not only financially, but to the school.”
If DeMello is cleared to play, it will provide a jolt to the White Plains roster. He should be one of the area’s top returning point guards after starting as a sophomore. He ranked second on the team in scoring and helped the Gaels secure a co-league championship and earn the No. 4 seed in the Class A tournament.
DeMello was also a standout on Hudson Valley’s gold-medal winning team at the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival earlier this month.