CYOUUUUUU! For anyone who has attended an Attleboro High School basketball game over the past 4 years, you’ve heard the crowd’s deep roar for their favorite big man whose name begins with what has become AHS’s favorite letter of the alphabet: Q. AKA Qualeem Charles.
Charles, a Senior center and four-year starter for the Attleboro boys high school basketball program, needs just 27 more points to reach the rare feat of scoring 1,000 career points in tonight’s game against Franklin. In doing so he would join classmate Bryant Ciccio, who just three games ago became only the 8th boys player to achieve this milestone in Attleboro history, to become the school’s 9th.
Even more rare, it would mark only the second time in school history since the 1998 state championship squad, that two boys from the same class would score 1,000 points in their career. The last two to do so were Leland Anderson and Derek Swenson.
The Attleboro boys enter the game with a record of 13-5 overall and 11-4 in the Hockomock league, considered the most competitive in Massachusetts. While their hopes of a league championship have faded, their desire to sweep a tough Franklin squad for the first time in school history is more than enough to attract the crowd that Q deserves. Like all of his Senior teammates, he has epitomized what it means to be a part of Attleboro Basketball.
His first experience with team basketball came as a first grader in the AYBA rec leagues, where coaches and players first recognized his size, great hands, and competitive spirit. From there, he has contributed to almost every facet of Attleboro Youth Basketball programs. Beginning in the fourth grade, he was the foundation for one of Attleboro’s most successful Metrowest Travel basketball teams in history, which consisted of current Senior teammates Bryant Ciccio, Tim Callahan, Nick McMahon, Jason Weir, and Lorenzo Wilson. He played rec basketball every year through the 8th grade, and played each summer as a camper in Mark Houle’s High Five basketball camp.
Since the day Q entered high school, he continued to give his time and attention as one of the all-time favorites for Attleboro hoopsters. He has worked nearly every local summer camp and clinic as a coach or camp counselor since his Freshman year, and is a fixture on AYBA weekends as a ref and scorekeeper.
“I’ve been so proud of my entire senior class for their contributions to Attleboro basketball, and Q has been a big part of that pride.” said Attleboro High School Boys Varsity Head Coach Mark Houle of his 6’ 5” big man. “Whatever I’ve asked of him, he was willing to give to his team, to his coaches, to the program. He is one of the most unselfish scorers I’ve ever coached, and we wouldn’t have had the success of the past few years without him.”
Charles, who recently committed to AIC on a football scholarship, currently averages 16.4 points per game. Even more impressive, he has nearly 700 rebounds in his career and is considered to be one of the toughest matchups night in and night out due to the combination of his size, court vision, great hands and footwork.
Q and his teammates need and deserve your support tonight as they take on Franklin in another key conference battle. Please plan to show your appreciation for all of their commitment to the next generation of young players, to cheer them on to another league victory, and to hopefully celebrate Qualeem Charles passing an outstanding personal milestone that is well deserved. We encourage everyone to attend tonight’s home game, with the Varsity kick off at 6:30 P.M.