The National Prep School Invitational ended Sunday with the last seven of the the 32 tournament games. Head Coaches Tony Bennett of Virginia, Brian Gregory of Georgia Tech, John Thompson III of Georgetown, Steve Donohue of Boston College and Jim Baron of Rhode Island were among the many head coaches in attendance. Over 100 coaches made it to the event.
The Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain) made their fourth and final performance in the first game of the day losing to Bridgton Academy 56-40. Notre Dame recruit Zach Auguste led the winners with 20 points. Oskars Reinfelds continued his fine play for Canarias hitting four three-pointers in scoring 13 points. Jaylen Brantley then hit a three-pointer buzzer-beater to give Wilbraham & Monson a thrilling 66-65 victory over Winchendon Academy. Brantley led W&M with 20 points. Nicholas Victor led Winchendon with 18.
St. Thomas More ran way from Westwind 74-50 as A.J. English continued his fine shooting with 18 points on 7-for-9 from the field. Tilton, led by Iowa State signee Georges Niang and top-recruit 6’11 Nerlens Noel got past an outmanned REDA (Ontario) squad 66-47. Niang scored from all over the floor, totaling 23 points while grabbing five rebounds. Noel, who recently reclassified into the 2012 class, had 10 blocked shots in twenty minutes of action. The 10 blocks were an NPSI record. REDA had no players in double-figures.
Ethan O’Day (Vermont) played a strong overall game in leading Northfield Mt. Hermon past Lawrence Academy 85-73. O’Day, an excellent pickup for Vermont scored 21 and grabbed five boards. Lawrence was led by 6’2 junior Jalen Myrie (23 points). Mike Hart and his St. Andrew’s (RI) team then made their only appearance in the event a successful one in defeating Maine Central 58-49. 6’2 soph Henry Bolton led St. Andrew’s with 12 points. Cal-Fullerton recruit Jared Brandon scored 10 for MCI.
The final game of the event highlighted two rising players, 6’8 William Howard of New Hope (MD) Accademy and 6’0 junior Rene Castro of Worcester Academy. Castro, coming off a 34 point performance, outdid himself scoring 36 points but it was not enough as New Hope prevailed 78-74. Howard is being pursued by Washington, Boston College and Rhode Island while Castro is attracting the attention of several Big east schools.
It was a great tournament and the move to Rhode Island College proved successful. We’ll be returning there next February for the 15th annual National Prep School Invitational. See you there!