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Central Catholic legend Scott Hazelton joins UMass-Lowell

Scott Hazelton during a Portsmouth Gaslight Summer Basketball League game in New Hampshire.
Scott Hazelton during a Portsmouth Gaslight Summer Basketball League game in New Hampshire.Globe file/2006

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An inexorable passion for the game and an unmatched competitive drive helped transform Scott Hazelton, a Somerville native, into a storied player on the court at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence.

The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 1999, and a McDonald’s All-American in 2000, the talented forward went on to play college hoops at the University of Connecticut and Rhode Island before playing professionally in Europe (2005-08).

But over the past five years, he has carved out a successful career coaching girls at the AAU level.

Now, the 31-year-old Hazelton is taking on a new challenge, joining Sarah Behn’s staff as an assistant with the women’s program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which is moving up to Division 1, and the America East, for the 20-13-14 season.

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