Nadir Tharpe Headed to Prep School
Nadir Tharpe had a tremendous sophomore season as he averaged 26 points per game for St. Peter Marin High School in Worcester (MA). Despite his high scoring numbers, the sophomore point guard still thought he could have done better. In particular, it was his 5 assists per game that he will be looking to improve in the future.
“I had to do a lot of the scoring,” said Tharpe. “But passing is really the best part of my game and next year I’ll be able to do a lot more of that.”
Tharpe is sure to have plenty of quality receivers as the vast majority of Brewster’s team is typically comprised of division I talents. And while the NEPSAC champions will graduate this year’s starting five, they return some other uniquely talented players in Givon Crump, Luke Apfeld, and Devan Bailey.
“I’m going to be playing against better competition every day and that’s just going to get my game better,” Tharpe said.
Playing against top competition will now be a year round challenge for Tharpe as he will face some of the nation’s best while competing with Brewster during the prep school season and continuing to run with the New England Playaz during the AAU season.
Now the only question that remains is whether Tharpe will remain in the class of 2010 or reclassify to 2011.
“I’m still not sure, but I may decide this week after I visit with the school,” he explained.
If he decides to stay in the class of 2010 he should still have a chance to be recruited at the highest levels as his control of the ball, court vision, and ability to guard on the opposite end are all huge assets. But if he goes back to the class of 2011, he has the potential to be one of the best point guards the country has to offer in that class.
Ultimately, whether it is for the next two years or the next three, Jason Smith and Brewster Academy have themselves a point guard to pick up right where Mark Lyons and Anthony Crater left off this season.