Prep Tour: Northfield Mount Hermon

When you start a team with a guy who actually turned down a scholarship offer from Kentucky months ago, you know you're in good shape. That's the case with Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.), which has much more in the fold than just Tyrone Nash.

Northfield Mount Hermon associate head coach John Carroll doesn't mince words when discussing about this year's group.

``This is the most talented team in Northfield Mount Hermon history," said Carroll, who averaged 27 points and was the team MVP back in 1988-89. "No doubt. We have two guys at every spot."

It's hard to project the starters, but it's likely that holdovers such as 6-foot-1 point guard Garry Correia – who is choosing between Toledo, St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island – and 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward Clive Weeden will get the nod.

Weeden is a role guy who does all of the dirty work.

The Williams twins – Jerrell and Terrell – both return as well. The former Paterson Catholic (N.J.) standouts should see extensive action this season and both of the forwards could end up starting.

Newcomer Tyrone Nash, a 6-foot-6 forward who spurned a late scholarship offer from Tubby Smith and Kentucky to come to NMH, is a near-lock to start – and 6-foot-6 Vermont native Matt Glass, who has been impressive in the preseason thus far and has earned scholarship offers from UMass and Northwestern, will also vie for a starting spot.

Andrew Van Nest, a skilled 6-foot-9 junior out of Weston (Mass.) High, will compete for a starting spot as well. Van Nest needs to get stronger, but he competes – and gives NMH versatility along the frontline.

The depth is evident as the team boasts double-figure guys who have a legitimate chance to play D-1 ball down the road.

R.J. Rutledge is a 6-foot-5 wing from New York who will certainly figure into the equation. Bruno Naylor is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Los Angeles who has drawn mid-major interest – and New Hampshire native Simon McCormack is a 6-foot-5 junior who has attracted D-1 interest.

Add in talented sophomores Derrick Thomas (6-3, 180) and Brian Jones (5-9, 170) and role players such as Bud Gaffney (6-1, 180) and Roahn Shepherd (6-6, 200) and you get a team capable of competing with the big boys this season.

``Our depth is much better than any team we've ever had," Carroll said. "The best part is that we have program guys."

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