Ohio Trio Wins Prep Championship

8 Mar

Jakarr Sampson, Semaj Christon, and Aaron Thomas

It’s wasn’t a perfect season for Brewster Academy (NH), but it sure was close. Wednesday evening the boys of Brewster knocked off perennial powerhouse Hargrave Military Academy (VA) in an intense 87-76 victory at the National Prep School Championships in New Haven, Connecticut.

Brewster finished the season 32-1 with their only loss coming in the semi-finals of their conference tournament. The team also beat national powerhouse Tilton Academy (MA) three times, led by the nation’s number one player 7’0 shotblocker supreme Nerlens Noel, including once on ESPN.

Coach Jason Smith assembled a unbelievably talented Bobcats team that many thought was the most talented in the nation. The roster was led by six post-graduate players, all of whom are highly touted recruits headed to high major schools once their year at Brewster is over.

Mitch McGary, a 6’10 post that is a consensus top five recruit, manned the middle for Brewster for the second year in a row and will be headed to the University of Michigan next year. TJ Warren, a McDonald’s All-American, played one of the wing spots and is going to be attending North Carolina State. Detroit native Jalen Reynolds, another post player, has signed with Xavier and brought both energy and toughness to the Bobcats frontline.

The other three stars for Brewster are all Ohio natives. 6’8 forward Jakarr Sampson, a top 50 national recruit and the only undecided player in the main rotation, provided high level athleticism and great all-around play for the team. The Akron native spent three years at St. Vincent St. Mary’s HS before spending his senior year, and this post-graduate year, at Brewster. Sampson is being rumored to favor Baylor and Kansas, although several other school such as Florida, St. John’s (where he was originally supposed to go), Providence, and more remain on his list.

The most explosive scorer on the team was 6’5 guard Aaron Thomas, a Florida State signee, who was named to the All-Tournament team after his 15 point first half helped Brewster build their lead over Hargrave. A consensus top 75 recruit nationally “AT” has used his year at Brewster to become more consistent and develop other parts of his game besides his natural scoring abilities. Thomas is a Cincinnati native that graduated from Withrow HS before coming to Brewster.

No team is complete without a point guard and that is the role that Semaj Christon, an explosive 6’3 distributor, played for the Bobcats. The Cincinnati native came to Brewster after four years at Winton Woods and will be returning to his hometown to play his college ball at Xavier. Christon broke out over the course of the season and has become a consensus top 50 national recruit.

Triple DoubleProspects would like to congratulate Brewster Academy, the entire team, Coach Smith, and of course the three Ohio boys- Sampson, Thomas, and Christon – on their National Championship season.

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