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Interested in watching MSJ Varsity Basketball? Here’s how you can sign up and watch for free

It’s official! The Multimedia Journalism class and InstaGaelNews are teaming up for an inaugural live stream collaboration. Introducing IGN Sports! The varsity basketball games will be live-streamed for the first time, featuring live commentary, multi-cam views, and other stats starting this season.

Fans can now subscribe, for free, to the team’s brand new page on the app called GameChanger. (Please note: only certain games will be live-streamed through GameChanger. Away game streams will depend on the opposing team’s ability to do so.) Here is how you can sign up to follow the team.

How to sign up for GameChanger

To get notified when games are being live-streamed, and to see scores and videos, follow the instructions listed below to get started for free (Note: these instructions do not work for a laptop or desktop. You must sign up on your mobile phone or tablet with the GameChanger app).

  1. Download the GameChanger app in either the Apple App Store or Google Play
  2. Create an account if you are new to GameChanger. If you are an existing user, sign in to your GameChanger account.

  3. Select “Find Your Team” and search “Mount Saint Joseph Gaels.”

  4. Click on the profile with the “Gael” logo and click “Join Team.”

  5. Click “Join Team” and select “I’m a fan.”

  6. Enjoy the IGN Sports live stream at select games!

If you are following the team, you are notified when IGN Sports goes live on game day. For outside family members, friends, and other viewers, the link to the GameChanger stream will also be shared on the day of the game via IGN’s Instagram. You can view the live stream on any computer, phone, or tablet on the day of the game without having to create an account!

The IGN Sports team is excited to share this brand-new opportunity with the Mount community. Make sure to tune into the Gael’s first home game, and IGN Sports debut live stream on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 6PM when MSJ takes on the St. James School of Hagerstown in their first home matchup.

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In the paint: A look inside the world of athletic recruitment

We all know that when high-level student-athletes get recruited, it can be a stressful and demanding process. Fortunately, two of my friends on the varsity basketball team at Mount St. Joseph High School went through the arduous recruiting process this past summer. In July, senior guard Ace Valentine announced he was committing to UMBC after receiving offers from Loyola (MD), Saint Peters, and the Naval Academy, among others. Meanwhile, at the end of August, senior forward Amani Hansberry announced his commitment to the University of Illinois after a very long process, including an incredible summer playing for Team Durant in the Peach Jam Tournament in Georgia. I talked with both of them to get a real perspective on what it’s like to go through such a challenging and demanding process.

Amani Hansberry being introduced ahead of the MIAA A Conference Championship Game between Mount St. Joseph and Mount Carmel on February 27, 2022, at Harford Community College. He announced his commitment to Illinois in August. Photo Credit: Joey O’Dwyer

Before his big summer playing in the Peach Jam, Hansberry told me his recruitment process was “very heavy,” and then it slowed down a bit. “When my last AAU season started, it kinda picked up a lot,” he said about his status before his last tournament at the AAU level. During the Peach Jam, he received offers from Auburn, Virginia Tech, and Oregon. Out of those schools, only Auburn made his Top 5. “It felt good not having to worry about anything,” he said. “Definitely very blessed, and all the hard work paid off.” When I asked him about what he’s looking forward to about his senior year, he kept it simple, “Just winning. I’m trying to hang two more banners up [MIAA & BCL].”

Ace Valentine kept it real. When he was at the DMV Live Tournament at DeMatha High School in June, he didn’t have any offers. But once the tournament finished, he had eight offers, one of which was from UMBC. “The coaching staff showed me the most love, and I feel like I can thrive there,” he said about his commitment. “I feel like I can step in and play right away.” This season the St. Joe basketball team is playing in high-level tournaments like the ‘Iolani Prep Classic in Hawaii before Christmas and the Hoophall Challenge in Springfield, Massachusetts, in January. Valentine told me that’s what he’s looking forward to the most about his senior season. “Playing a national schedule, that’s what I really want,” he said.

Ace Valentine in a game against Archbishop Spalding last season. He announced he was committing to UMBC this summer. Photo Credit: Jason Kush

For athletes at St. Joe who are attracting interest from schools, I would say to make a decision that you feel is right for you. Make a decision not based on the school but on the fit and how you feel you would do there. Prioritize making every day better than the last. Hansberry said that you need to “stack good days.”

Amani and Ace aren’t the only talented players that Mount St. Joseph basketball head coach Pat Clatchey has sent to the next level. Two notable players were Jalen Smith and Darryl Morsell, who both committed to the University of Maryland one year after each other. Jaylen Adams committed to St. Bonaventure ahead of the 2014-15 season, and Phil Booth committed to Villanova before the 2014-15 season as well. Smith currently plays for the Indiana Pacers, and Morsell received an Exhibit 10 deal with the Utah Jazz. He will join them for training camp and primarily play with their G League Affiliate, the Salt Lake City stars.

Amani Hansberry, Ace Valentine, and Austin Abrams speak after last year’s BCL Championship.

I asked Coach Clatchey how difficult it really is for them to actually make that decision to shape their future. “Many factors go into that decision,” he said. “Education, level of play, opportunity to play, and how far it is from home.” He also mentioned how important it is for schools to have a good reputation for player development in terms of putting players in the pros. He called it “the biggest and most important decision they’ve had to make.”

I hope this article helps St. Joe students understand what this process is like for basketball players like Amani Hansberry and Ace Valentine. Hopefully, if you get recruited, you will pick a place that suits you and has the same goals and ambitions as you do.

Harry Kennedy is a senior member of the Multimedia Journalism class.