Prep Profile St. Andrews School
St. Andrew’s has been to three straight NEPSAC Final Fours and came within seconds of upsetting the eventual champions, St. Mark’s, last season on their home court.
Bolton and Colson should be ready to play starring roles this season. They’re both coming off successful summers in their own right and seem to be playing with tremendous confidence heading into the season.
The biggest change for the Saints this year is the addition of post-graduates. For years, St. Andrew’s has competed at the highest levels of the NEPSAC, all the while being one of the only schools to not feature post-graduates on their roster.
The trio of guards will join with Bolton and sharp-shooting newcomer Tom Hunt, to give head coach Michael Hart the deepest backcourt he’s had in years.
Depth isn’t just unique to the backcourt though. Returning senior Nikola Vukavusic teams with incoming junior Andre Berry to give the team two legitimate big-men to roam the interior and patrol the paint, while freshman big man Terrell Brown shows glimpses of things to come in the future.
There is plenty of firepower on the wings as well where Colson headlines a group that also includes two complimenting juniors in the driver, Edson Dascy, and the shooter, John Geary. Sophomore swingman Chancellor Ellis is a highly talented underclassman ready to make his mark as well.
With depth at all spots on the floor, Hart says this year’s St. Andrew’s team will return to a style that was once synonymous with their red and white jerseys – they’ll press, push the pace at every opportunity, and stretch opposing defenses to the three-point line.
Beyond just their depth, the other thing you have to like about this roster is their versatility. Bolton is the primary playmaker and Colson the interior facilitator.
Reale appears to be the pure point guard while Hunt, Geary, and Ellis all thrive behind the three-point line. Dascy and Gregory are best off the dribble and Vukavusic and Berry both live in the paint.
The sum total of all of those individual parts is a team that can beat you in a variety of different ways. So make no mistake about it, this team wants to run and press, but they’re also capable of beating you off the dribble, in paint, or behind the three-point line.
And with that type of depth and versatility, Hart and his Saints are hoping to make their latest run in class AA of the NEPSAC.