Prep Profile: Bridgton Academy

Bridgton Academy has had the luxury of having stars like Alexander Johnson and Robert Vaden over the last two years. Coach Whit Lesure is expecting more balance from this year's squad.

Two years ago it was Alexander Johnson and last season it was Robert Vaden. This year the go-to guy at Bridgton Academy (Maine) is …. Well, Whit Lesure isn't quite sure just yet.

What's clear is that there isn't one single dominant player residing in Bridgton, Maine – as there has been each of the last two seasons. However, that doesn't mean Lesure is unhappy.

In fact, it's quite the opposite.

``We have a lot of overall balance," Lesure said. "We've got some players who can play multiple positions. Guys who can do a lot of different things to help you."

``We are based a lot less on the talent of one guy," he added. "We're not as dependent and have more depth, but it still remains to be seen whether we have the toughness needed to be successful."

Lesure has a bevy of quality guards and a couple of frontcourt guys that will lend this year's team to be more balanced.

Look for versatile and strong guards Tyrone Appleton and Courtney Beasley to get the majority of the time in the backcourt. Appleton is a 6-2 ½, 185-pound senior from Gary, Ind., who is getting some Big Ten looks while Beasley is a 6-3, 205-pound combo guard who hails from Huntsville, Ala., and is open after signing with Jacksonville State a year ago.

Bernard Rimmer may be the most talented frontcourt player on Bridgton's roster. The 6-7 ½, 200-pound Mississippi native, who is active on both ends of the court and runs the floor well, is getting some interest from Mississippi State. However, the wild-card could be 6-8 ½, 225-pound relentless shot-blocker and rebounder Cheick Diakate, a native of Mali who has received interest from Virginia Tech and many others since arriving in the U.S. a few months ago.

Lesure will also have 6-5, 220-pound wing Derick Nelson, who is also a standout linebacker from Lansing, Mich., 6-6, 185-pound forward Montrell McDonald, a Texan who has signed with George Washington and 6-7 Jake Briles, a skilled, athletic North Carolina native looking at Radford, East Carolina, SFA and Loyola-Marymount.

``The key for us will be rebounding the ball," Lesure said. "We should be pretty good defensively and these guys share the ball."

Guards who should come off the bench and see playing time include Luke Posterino, a 6-foot floor leader from Florida; Wayne Hunter, a 6-3 point guard from Sacramento who has signed with St. Mary's; Corey Camphor, a 6-1 guard who played at DeMatha last season; and Gerrit Conover, a 6-2 ½, wing who played at Depauw University.

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