West Signs D1
Lee Academy and New Haven Heat post-graduate guard Mikey West committed to, and signed with, Bethune-Cookman University last week.
BCU is a division I school which is located in Daytona, Florida and competes in the MEAC.
“I chose Bethune-Cookman University because I love their style of play and they have a great coaching staff who believed in me when everyone overlooked me,” West told NERR’s Zack Sandberg. “When I went on a visit, it felt like home and they embraced me. I also want to bring more notoriety to historical black colleges because I feel they are overlooked.”
A Waterbury, Connecticut native who won two state championships at both Sacred Heart and Holy Cross in the CIAC prior to entering the prep ranks last year, West achieved similar success with New Haven Heat this past year, leading them to their best season yet.
“Mikey joined the Heat in the 8th grade and we instantly became a better team,” said Heat head coach and Lee Academy assistant Doc Kennedy. “His playmaking and shooting was on another level at an early age. We knew we had a game. People was sleeping on him early but he always proved himself.”
When Kennedy made the move to join Lee’s coaching staff two years ago, West was the first player he brought with him.
“I knew he just needed an opportunity to show that he belonged on that level. He went from being the third string PG that first year to becoming a starter by mid-season and then our leading scorer,” Kennedy said. “I know BCU just got a true talent and competitor. I can’t wait to see him on the next level proving why he always belonged there.”
Below are some of his summer highlights care of Charged Up Productions.