Prep Profile St. Andrews
St. Andrew’s is coming off a very successful campaign in the 2009-2010 season, going 25-10 and advancing to the final four of the NEPSAC Class B Tournament. The 2010-2011 edition of the squad should continue the long tradition of hard work and up-tempo play that have become the trademarks of the program under head coach Mike Hart.
Hart enters his 17th season with a 309-160 career record (all at St. Andrew’s) and will again be assisted by John O’Shea (14th season). Hart is optimistic about this season’s nine or ten player rotation and overall character of the team.
The senior class is deep and returns quality players for their final season. The class and team are led by six-foot-five combo-guard and tri-captain Michael Carter-Williams. The Syracuse bound New England native has matured into a solid floor leader since arriving at St. Andrew’s but is known for his scoring prowess and silky smooth perimeter skill set. He will be counted on for both this winter as a scoring point guard.
Point guard Myles Brilhante, another tri-captain, is in the final year of his four year career at St. Andrew’s. He is the ultimate floor leader with a high basketball IQ, low turnover-assist ratio, and dependable daily approach to the game.
The final tri-captain is Aboubacar Casse, a much improved six-foot-five player best known for his versatility. Casse can play a variety of different positions and is capable of scoring the below from the three-point line, the paint, and all points in between.
Rounding out the Class of 2011, is another exceptionally versatile player in six-foot-four Anderson Santana. He is a multi-talented player that can help the team with his defensive effort, shooting, and ability to play any of the five positions on the floor.
The junior class is led by two newly arrived big men in six-foot-seven Cedric Kuakumensah and six-foot-seven Kalusha Ndoumbe Ngollo. Kuakumensah is a defensive stalwart who is developing a nice game around the basket while Ngollo controls both backboards and has a solid low post game. Both are interchangeable and can play either post as well as the short corner.
Six-foot-three shooting guard Tom Garrick is much improved and provides three-point shooting and exceptional defense. Rounding out the junior class will be newcomer Nick Cesare, a six-foot-two shooting guard who defends well and has good three-point range.
On the whole, Coach Hart likes his team and is enthusiastic about their chances heading into their first season in class AA where they will face off against teams like St. Mark’s, Lawrence, Holderness, Worcester, Tilton, and others.
“Our team chemistry is better than last year and if we can get the seniors to lead, then it will be a successful year.”