Unsigned Senior Spotlight - Sean James
When Sean James graduated from Kingswood-Oxford last year he was, in many ways, a diamond in the rough.
He had plenty of D3 recruitment but minimal scholarship looks. Things have changed drastically since though as James has spent the better part of the last year proving that he's a scholarship player.
His breakout performance came at the Under Armour Finals during July's recruiting period when he proved his ability to put up numbers against top national competition. It's been more of the same this season as he stepped right in for St. Andrew's and played a pivotal role for one of the top teams in Class AA of the NEPSAC.
School: St. Andrew's
By the Numbers
2019-20 Stats (St. Andrew's): 14.3ppg & 6.1apg
2018-19 Stats (Kingswood-Oxford): 18ppg & 6apg
When I had my hip surgeries, it was like basketball was being taken away from me. The process of getting all the way back showed me where I can end up when I put all the work in. I'm never going to give up. I am a crafty, quick, heady, shotmaking point guard. I know when to run the offense and when to attack. I look to score and find others when I’m attacking. I always want to find the hot hand and give him the ball. I am a vocal leader not only on offense and defense but also off the court as well.
"Sean James had an outstanding post-graduate year at St. Andrew's, helping us get to the NEPSAC Class AA Final Four. He averaged 14.3 ppg and 6.1 app. He was a solid defender, especially on the ball. He brings a warrior leadership style and runs the team effectively. Sean also coached our middle school team to a 10-1 record and is an outstanding student. Sean reminds me of former Saint post-graduate JR Lynch who had an outstanding career both on and off the court at Hartford and is currently playing professionally in Argentina."
- Michael Hart, St. Andrew's School, head boys basketball coach & athletic director
"As an important player in our program at NE6, Sean led us in so many ways. Sean's ability to make shots off the bounce and off the catch, his will to compete, and his basketball IQ resulted in a huge season for us. I consider Sean one of the most effective guards I have coached. He was slated to have a big spring"
- Chris Sparks, Head Coach, NE6
"I consider Sean James a pure shooter, and that's not a term I throw around lightly. You only need to see the ball come off his hand once to know how natural his stroke is, but he plays such an unselfish floor game that I'm not sure he always gets the credit he deserves for being as knockdown of a shooter as he is. He really proved that he was a true point guard who could run a high-level team this year. He's got the floor-vision, passing skills, and decision-making to match his ability to shoot the basketball. He's a clear scholarship player in my opinion."
- Adam Finkelstein, ESPN & NERR