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Though only a junior, Tommy Mobley steps forward as a leader on his Newton North High School  basketball squad.
Though only a junior, Tommy Mobley steps forward as a leader on his Newton North High School basketball squad.Credit: Barry Chin/ Globe Staff

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NEWTON — When Newton North coach Paul Connolly allowed players a water break during the third and final night of varsity tryouts last week, junior captain Tommy Mobley remained out on the floor with a ball in his hand like he had something to prove.

Wearing a black practice jersey with the words “PLAY HARD” printed across the back, last season’s Bay State Conference MVP went to the top of the key and fired off as many jump shots as possible between drills.

Mobley — a 6-foot-2 guard with a quick release and textbook follow-through — may be considered a bit of a throwback. At a time when many of the area’s best players have migrated to preparatory schools, he has elected to continue playing at North and plans to do so until he graduates in 2015.

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