Prep Profile Brimmer & May
Brimmer & May enters the upcoming season as a program intent to rectify their mistakes from the past.
This is a group that won’t deny they underachieved last year, but in a day and age where most kids run for the hills and look to transfer at the first sign of adversity, this team has proven to be the exception to the rule.
Not one player looked to transfer after last season and instead the senior core of Jake Fay, John Powell, Adrian Oliveira, K.J. Baptiste, and Max Horvath returns to right the ship in their last season in the NEPSAC.
Oliveira runs the show at the point guard position and has been playing arguably the best basketball of his career as of late. He’s got division I interest ranging from the Patriot League to the America East to the MAAC as a result and is playing with worlds of confidence heading into his senior season.
At the other guard is Jake Fay, who just signed a National Letter of Intent with Fordham nearly two years after making his verbal commitment. The six-foot-five swingman is a known sniper from behind the three-point line and also a long and athletic presence on the perimeter.
Speaking of long and athletic, John Powell brings both of those attributes to the frontline, where his mobility causes the opposition problems on both ends of the floor. He’s at his best in the open floor because of his ability to cover the court, but is also a threat to beat opposing big men off the dribble.
While Oliveira, Fay, and Powell provided the team’s initial trio in the class of 2013, K.J. Baptiste provided a fourth weapon when he transferred into Brimmer and May last season. This year, head coach Tom Nelson is expecting him to make significant contributions due to his powerful game and the versatility to play multiple positions.
The team’s fifth senior, Max Horvath, provides a good sized swingman off the bench who specializes in stretching opposing defenses with his three-point shooting ability. Horvath, who has been at Brimmer & May since the 8th grade, is already committed to Macalister College for next season.
Beyond the team’s five seniors, this year’s Brimmer club will also be sparked by two talented newcomers.
Sammy Mojica is a Chelsea transfer and repeat junior who is currently hearing from over a dozen division I schools. The six-foot-three swingman is coming off a breakout summer which attracted his first college interest and provides yet another perimeter scorer and shot-maker to the B&M roster.
Sophomore Andrew Simpson may be the team’s best long term prospect. Another player who made a name for himself this past summer, Simpson is a high level athlete capable of catching lobs and throwing down dunks with ease. With his skill set quickly catching up, he’s definitely a prospect to watch in New England’s class of 2015.
While this seven man rotation has all the talent and experience to contend, this is a group that, above all, is going to benefit from their cohesiveness. They’ve been through the fires of the AA season before and they’ve stuck together. Now they look to write the final chapter of their prep school career, which they hope will end with a post-season run.