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A hour and a half away from the city of Boston is Pembroke Academy in Penbroke,NH. It was the site of the fourth annual New Hampshire Prep Classic which hosted four teams. Rise Academy (PA), Redemption Christian Academy (NY), #22 in the country Notre Dame Prep (MA), and the #1 team in the nation Brewster Academy (NH). On Sunday, Nov 13th, we got to the gym just in time for the main event, as two nationally ranked teams went head to head #1 Brewster Academy and #22 Notre Dame Prep. Brewster came out with immense intensity from the jump with the charge being led by there emotionally leader as well as Michigan University Commit Mitch Mcgary. 6'2 point guard Semaj Christon (Xavier) ran the offense perfectly for his Squad netting 17 pts, 12 ast with only 1 turnover. Semaj put all the pieces where they needed to be while Aaron Thomas did the bulk of the scoring with a game high 36pts also snatching 6 rebounds. Mcgary and Jakarr Sampson played clean up rebounding and giving there team multiple second chance points, which sometimes turned in big time highlight plays.
Despite the star power of Brewster this was no blow out, playing 5 guards with there tallest player being 6'6 (7 footer Steven Adams not expected until 2nd Semester) Prep kept the game close by unleashing a barrage of three pointers. In one of the best shooting performances from deep you will see from a high school team this year guaranteed, we counted over 15 made 3 pointers. A three guard attack From Myles Davis (34 pts Xavier Commit), Sam Cassell Jr (17pts recruited by Texas tech, Maryland and Washington), and Adonis Filer (16 pts Clemson Committ) kept the game always in reach ( 50 to 45 with 1:07 left in the first half). After hitting 6 three pointers and scoring 25 pts in the first half alone scoring Davis, exauhasted from playing nearly the enitre game slowed down a bit and Brewster capitalized and grinded out a the win 108 - 89. (Stay tuned for individual highlights for Semaj Christon, Aaron Thomas and Myles Davis on Ballastv and City League Hoops)
6'2 PG Semaj Christon, Brewster '12 - The point guard who looked closer to 6'3 then the listed 6'2 was immaculate on the evening. Notre Dame pressured Christon all game, sometimes half court sometimes full court nothing seemed to phase him as he recorded 17 points 12 assist with only one turnover that came late in the game. Semaj is the glue that keeps the number one team in the land together.
6'10 PF Mitch Mcgary, Brewster '12 - The #2 Prospect in the entire country per Rivals.com was a vocal leader on the court and by no means a pre madonna all american. Mcgary was willing to do the dirty work diving for lose balls all game and battling in the paint for rebounds (17 game high). The most impressive thing about the Michigan Commit is that at 6'10 and 257 pounds he was able to jump the lane on incoming entry post passes for steals as well as picking the pocket of high major point guards and shooting guards on the perimeter. In the open court Mitch finished with authority or made the passes we didn't think he was capable of before the game.
6'9 PF Jalen Reynolds, Brewster '12 -A chiseled physical speciman, reynolds releived Mcgary and Sampson in key points of time to fill the void in the middle rebounding and contesting shots. Jalen is extremly athletic we saw him throw down an eastbay (between the legs) dunk in warm ups with ease.
6'8 SF/PF Jakarr Sampson, Brewster '12 - When you see a 6'8 kid ,who went to Akron Ohio's St. Vincent St Mary's (LBJ high-school), and one the most athletic players in high-school basketball, you cant but help but think about the Lebron James Comparison. Sampson with out a doubt has NBA caliber athleticism , we saw him do a east bay dunk with his head eye level to the rim and foot high enough to kick the backboard (pictured below) !! In the game Jakarr reported a double- double with 16 points ,10 rebounds and a handful of highlight blocks and dunks. Were excited to see the continued growth in his game.
6'2 PG Joe Bramaniti , Brewster '12 - The New England native had a great showing relieving Semaj of his ball handling duties, scoring without being ball dominant, and playing hard nose defense. Bramanti ran with the New England Playaz last Spring Summer.
6'4 SG Aaron Thomas, Brewster '12 - Filled up the score board from every position on the court imaginable. Easily one of the best pure scores in the NEPSAC league (36 points 6 rebounds), Thomas has a college ready body, athletic, rebounds, and plays good defense. Aaron is committed to Florida State.
6'8 PF TJ Warren, Brewster '12 -An athletic step out four who can get around bigger defenders and bully smaller ones. Warren was the recipient of many good passes from Semaj and added 10pts for Brewster.
6'4 PG/SG Sam Cassell Jr., Notre Dame '12 - Before you ask, yes he is. Casell is very capable of point guard duties at 6'4 and has a deadily but picture perfect stroke from long-range. Sam Jr added 17 pts for prep and is being recruited currently by Texas Tech, Maryland and Washington.
6'3 SG Adonis Filer, Notre Dame '12 - This combo guard was a big reason why Prep contested so long without a true big man. Was very good slashing and hitting long range as well as mid range jumpers (16 points). A great defender, Filer is committed to Clemson university.
6'3 PG/SG Myles Davis, Notre Dame '12 - A strong compact guard who lit up Brewster scoring 25 by way of 6 three pointers in the first half (34 on the game). Very skilled player who is not going to blow pass you with blinding speed or finish over you with above average athleticism, but is very capable of driving to the basket finishing or getting the stripe where he is near automatic. Committed to Xavier Davis is flat out competitor, look for game highlights from him later this week.
6'6 Nehemias Morillo, Notre Dame '12 - The new york native grew a couple inches since we last saw him play along side New England Native Ramon Gibbons during his tenure at St. Benedict's in New Jersey. Although essential played the center position in this game he showed the same pure shot from three point range we saw back in New Jersey. Morillo is being recruited by Iowa State, TCU, and Mississippi.