Prep Profile - Brimmer & May
With no boarding students or post-graduates in the Brimmer & May School, head coach Tom Nelson’s club faces an uphill battle at the very start of absolutely every season.
Despite those obstacles, they’ve managed to be right in the thick of the post-season hunt in each of the last two seasons.
The challenges are no less daunting this season as Brimmer will have to account for the departure of Sammy Mojica, who is now in his freshman season at Drexel, while depending on an otherwise young line-up.
The most notable senior on the roster is David Labossiere. An absolutely explosive six-foot-three guard, Labossiere is one of the most athletic players in Class AA. He’s also much improved in terms of his skill set and ability to make open shots and is consequently receiving a steady dose of scholarship level interest as a result.
Both players have been hot prospects on the recruiting front as of late. The six-foot-ten Gasperini appeared on the verge of breaking out at various points this summer, but is now collecting scholarship offers at a rapid rate with Boston University, Holy Cross, Fairfield, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, and American being some of the most recent to come to the table.
His running mate, the six-foot-eight Watkins, has also taken his game to new levels as of late. While his body continues to grow and expand, so has his skill set. He’s now more of a threat to make a play with the ball in the open floor but can still score and rebound inside. He too has racked up recent scholarships, adding offers from many of the same places that have come calling on Gasperini.
The best long-term prospect on the team is freshman guard A.J. Reeves. He was arguably the best 9th grader in the field at September’s Elite 75 Frosh/Soph and combines great length with solid athleticism and budding skill. While he might not be ready for stardom right from day one, he’ll need to be a contributor and is likely to be among the team’s starting five and also play some with the ball in his hands at the point.
Incoming sophomore Juquan Mills will likely hold down the starting point guard job to start the season. A five-foot-nine playmaker from Roxbury, Mills has made steady contributions in the fall open gyms and is poised to crack the first five as a result.
Another notable newcomer is Adam Mikula, the six-foot-three repeat junior from Boston Latin School. Mikula does his best work from behind the three-point line but also has some flair to his game and ability to create space for his pull-up off the dribble.
Senior guard Bobby Brooks also appears poised to make his biggest impact yet. He’s in great shape after running cross country this fall and been making steady contributions all fall. Also don’t be surprised to see 8th grader Ben Teixeira earn some time with this club off the bench.
Below are highlights from Brimmer & May’s fall open gyms care of Ballas TV: