Be Seen Prep Tour - Brewster Academy
What is there left to say about Brewster Academy?
From National Championships to NBA players and virtually all measurable criteria in between, they’ve set the standard in prep school basketball.
When you walk into the Smith Center (which ironically is not named after head coach Jason Smith…yet), the wall of alums who have gone on to play in the NBA is one of the most impressive spectacles you’ll find anywhere in the country.
Donovan Mitchell, Will Barton, T.J. Warren, and Devonte Graham are now names that the entire basketball world knows, but they all got their start in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
Who will be lucky 18 (as in the 18th program alum to play in the NBA), remains to be seen. What we know for sure about this year’s squad though is that they have the distinction of being the biggest in program history, with 20 college prospects, and legitimately have prospects for all levels of college basketball.
The 2021 class features a pair of nationally ranked players in Mac Etienne and Shane Dezonie. Etienne is a familiar name for local fans having previously starred at Suffield Academy. While he’s best known for his high-energy, charismatic personality, and physical gifts, he’s also added some new face-up skill to his arsenal and is currently one of the most widely-recruited big men in the country.
Dezonie announced his commitment to Arizona on Sunday night. This big, power guard is ultra-competitive with a very high-motor. He’s strong and athletic, but also has a good first step and a lot of attacking tools.
John Camden is a skilled 6-foot-8 forward who announced his commitment to Memphis earlier this fall. He’s one of the better three-point shooters around but also capable of pushing the ball up the floor and being a threat off the dribble.
Devin Carter came in already committed to South Carolina and while he may not yet have a big national reputation, he was arguably the most impactful overall player when the Be Seen Tour came to town. He’s big and athletic with very long arms and an attacking mentality on both ends of the floor. He also has good bloodlines as the son of former Miami Heat guard Anthony Carter.
Of course, that’s just the beginning of the connections to the Heat as Zaire Wade, the son of Dwayne Wade, has made his widely anticipated arrival in New England. The southpaw is athletic, a crafty finisher at the rim, and very proficient at creating space. He’s also capable of scoring in bunches, as he showed for a stretch when the Be Seen Prep Tour came to town.
While those may be the most well-known names in the class of 2021, they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Austin Patterson is going to be a very heavily recruited guard with his combination of skill, toughness, and work-ethic. Isaiah Leblanc is a pure point guard with good instincts and savvy with the ball. Freedom Rhames is a true senior and a skilled southpaw. Harry Davis is a hard-nosed guard and also one of New England’s highest academic basketball prospects. Jack Miller is an ultra-tough, competitive, and equally skilled guard from New Jersey. Grayson Hargens is a heady and tough post-grad who was a two-year starter at Newton North.
Up front, Gerald Jones and Clinton Ayoh are both very intriguing prospects. Jones is a big southpaw who combines good size with a soft natural touch. Ayoh is a nice compliment because he is an explosive athlete and big-time leaper who can change the game around the rims.
Max Egner and Michael Noulowe are the forwards to know. Egner exceeded expectations with his good combination of tools – he has a strong body, good athleticism, and solid skills. Noulowe is an active athlete who covers the court, plays with energy, and can drive less mobile forwards.
Carter Kingsbury is a potent shot-maker on the wing with the physical strength to be able to body up with bigger guys up front.
There’s also a handful of multi-year players beginning with the junior tandem of Yann Farell and Reed Bailey. Farell is a long and athletic big wing who started to emerge as a high-major prospect last year and is still just beginning to tap into his potential.
Bailey, who recently transferred from Lawrence Academy, has made huge strides since last year. He’s grown two inches, developed a versatile skill-set, and hasn’t even begun to fill-out his frame yet.
The true underclassmen are Reid Celestin, a long and skilled guard in the sophomore class, and Jason Asemota, a big freshman wing from Lynn who is physically mature, already able to hold his own here, and one of the most talented freshmen we’ve seen so far this fall.
Stay tuned to NERR for more on this team later this week with the release of their #BeSeen Prep Tour’s movie trailer.