Traveling Team: BABC

There may not be a ton of big names or big guys on this year's team, but BABC always plays defense - and this time around, they have plenty of experience as well.

For the second straight year, BABC doesn't have a legitimate big man in the middle – but that doesn't really bother Leo Papile.

``Our strength is with our team defense," Papile said. "This team has the ability. They work real hard on defense and get after people."

Brookline High 6-6 senior Jeff Adrien, who is likely headed to Brewster Academy for a year of prep school, will likely see most of his time at the power forward spot. Adrien is a hard-working athletic forward can rebounds and blocks shots.

He'll be joined on the frontline by St. Andrew's (R.I.) 6-8 junior Jonathan Kale, who is well aware of his role in the post and doesn't stray from what's needed of him.

Papile will start a trio of guards, led by fairly unknown 6-2, 165-pound junior Farnold Degand, who has already attracted some high-major D-1 schools despite playing in the Boston public schools. Tabor's Colby Santos, a versatile 6-5 junior, will start at the point alongside 6-2, 210-pound Thayer Academy junior Tyrese Gibbs.

Two players who should receive substantial time off the bench are 6-2, 170-pound sophomore Anthony Gurley and 5-9, 160-pound floor leader Jeremy Shannon.

``We don't have McDonald's All-Americans," added Papile. "But that's fine. The biggest thing we have going for us is that we have a lot of experience in our system and we have guys who've had success at the lower grade levels. Adrien, Santos and Kale all played with our under-17's last year and we went to the final eight of the Showcase."

``We're more unselfish this year," added Adrien. "This year I really want to show what I've got. People in the state have seen it, but I want people nationally to see it."

BABC (Boston, Mass.)

Coaches: Leo Papile, Barry Robinson

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: BF Jeff Adrien (6-6, 225, SR*)

Projected Starters: BF-C Jonathan Kale (6-8, JR); G Colby Santos (6-5, JR); WG Tyrese Gibbs (6-2, 210, JR); WF Farnold Degand (6-2, 165, JR)

Others: WG Anthony Gurley (6-2, 170, SOPH); PG Jeremy Shannon (5-9, 160, JR); F Brian Lytle (6-4, 225, SOPH); F Paul Rose (6-4, 195, JR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

Famous Alum: Torin Francis


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