It’s the first week of February which means we are at the 14th annual National Prep School Invitational. This year we are at Rhode Island College and have been greeted by the largest first day attendance and most coaches in the history of the event. Other than not being allowed to eat spinach pies at the scorer’s table everything has been great.
The day started with Lee Academy (ME) beating The Robinson School (NJ) in overtime 64-53. NetScouts Basketball Player of the Game, Canadian 6’1 junior Kiefer Douse scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. 6’6 Orlando Johnson led The Robinson School with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The second game was another close contest as CJEOTO (NJ) Academy edged St. Thomas More (CT) 65-64. NetScouts Basketball Player of the Game 5’11 Chris Lewis led the winners with 20 points.
The next game was the featured TV contest between Brewster (NH) Academy and St. John’s Northwest Military (WI). Brewster featured five Division 1 signees along with uncommited star JaKarr Sampson. Brewster ran away with the game 82-67. Sampson was our player of the game with 22 pints, nine rebounds and several shattering dunks. Aaron Thomas (Florida State) added 15, Semah Chiston (Xavier) 14 and top recruit Mitch McGary (Michigan) had 13 points and 14 rebounds. 6’8 Aaron Ross of St. John’s led all scorers with 30 points.
Canarias Academy of Spain made the trip for the 3rd straight year and defeated NIA Prep (NJ) 63-57. 6’6 Shane Hammink was the NetScouts Basketball Player of the game, showing a nice shooting touch in scoring 20 points. 6’9 Latvian Aleks Rostov was impressive with 12 points and eight rebounds while 7’3 Boris Bojanovsky clogged the middle grabbing 11 boards and blocking four shots. 6’4 Darrel Lucky of NIA led all scorers with 27 points
Notre Dame Prep (MA) had no problem with Wilbraham & Monson in theor 85-59 win. Sam Cassell Jr. was our player of the game scoring 21 points. Myles Davis (Xavier) led the winners with 24 points while New Zealand’s 7’0 Steven Adams (Pitt) was 7-for-7 from the field, scoring 14 points to go along with 11 boards. South Kent (CT) then trounced La Jolla Prep (CA) 71-45 behind 10 points from player of the game Ricardo Ledo (Providence). Cushing Academy (MA) topped Phelps School 74-52 as player of the game Treaven Duffy scored 18 points. In the final game of the day New Hope (MD) Academy defeated Mont Clare (PA) 64-61.
College Coaches of the Day for your dedication and perseverance: Chad Dollar (Georgia Tech), Brent Scott (LSU) and Akbar Waheed (Boston College).