With a starting lineup that will feature five high-major Division 1 players – including three headed to the Big East, one to the Pac-10 and one to the Big Ten – Brewster is a legitimate candidate to win the NEPSAC Class A crown this season.
Smith's group came up just short a year ago, losing to Winchendon in the championship contest. But this year's team may be Smith's most talented in his five years at the helm.
``I would say it's our most talented group – on paper," he said. "But the question will be how well they play together. How much chemistry and how they relate to one another. That's always the biggest issue for teams that only play together for one year."
Jeff Adrien, the former Brookline High (Mass.) star who earned a scholarship to UConn with his strong, relentless play this past summer, will start in the middle – alongside New Hampshire native Chad Millard, a big-time scorer from Trinity Prep who is headed to Louisville.
Millard's high school teammate, sharpshooter Chris Lutz (Purdue), will likely form a three-guard attack that will also feature Washington-bound Harvey Perry (6-4 ½, 200), the team's top defender, and 6-4 ½, 200-pound guard Weyinmi Efejuku, who has signed with Providence.
However, Smith could opt to insert 6-7, 200-pound power forward Christian Cornelius, an Illinois native, into the lineup for more size and rebounding. Other players who will likely come off the bench and see playing time include juniors Kyle Wright (6-5, 190), Nate Schulte (6-5, 215) as well as post-grad guards Jacob Podhurst (6-2, 195) and Robin Bester (6-1, 175) and local wing Greg Spaulding.
``I like the versatility in our core seven or eight guys," Smith said. "They can play multiple positions.
``The one thing that concerns me is that we don't have that true 6-foot-10 guy in the middle," he added. "But at the same time, that has tended to slow us down in the past. Jeff (Adrien) plays a lot bigger than he is and Harvey also plays bigger than his size as well."