Prep Tour: Brewster Academy

It's hard to find a better duo up front than Craig Brackins and Emmanuel Negedu. Brackins is all about skill and finesse while Negedu is power and athleticism. The pair, along with guys like P'Allen Stinnett, Terrell McKenzie and Andre McFarland, make Brewster Academy a formidable opposition this year.

Just a half-dozen years ago, Brewster Academy (N.H.) wasn't even on the map. In fact, two years before Jason Smith took over, the program was winless.

Now, seven years later, Smith has the program at a level where it can compete with just about anyone.

It's hard to imagine anyone being able to matchup with Smith's frontline – which features the ultra-athletic duo of Emmanuel Negedu and Craig Brackins.

Negedu is a chiseled 6-foot-7, 225-pound junior forward from Nigeria who has been at Brewster for the past year and a half. Brackins (6-10, 220) is a long and skilled native of California who has already committed to Iowa State.

``At the beginning, when I first got here, I was a little worried," Brackins said. "Since then we've grown as a team. We do everything together and are very close. We have everything on this team. We have it all."

Look for Andre Walker, an Illinois native who turned down scholarship offers from several Missouri Valley Conference programs last year, to earn a starting spot somewhere – maybe in a Blake Schilb-esque role in which he handles the ball and displays his versatility at 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds.

Terrell McKenzie, a flashy 6-foot-2 guard out of New York, will likely get the first crack at the starting point guard spot while P'Allen Stinnett, an athletic 6-foot-3, 175-pound shooting guard who spent last season at Palo Verde High (Nev.), should start at the shooting guard spot.

Smith will also bring in a late addition in Turkish floor leader Dogus Balbay (6-1, 175), who is being recruited by Texas and Binghamton.

Stinnett's running mate in the summer, 6-foot-6 Andre McFarland, will likely battle with Walker for a starting spot while guys like Tristan Thompson (6-5, 185) and Matt Hornbuckle (6-3, 185) will give Smith depth.

``Our strength is probably our athleticism," Smith said. "The biggest question I have is how the guys deal with adversity. At some point, they are going to be down 15 points. How will they deal with that?"

``I like the pieces we have," Smith added. "I like the fact that we have guys who can play different positions."

A pair of sophomores could figure into the equation by the end of the season. Devan Bailey, a 6-foot floor leader from England, and Luke Apfeld, a 6-foot-6 sophomore whose family moved to Wolfeboro, N.H., from Tennessee, could both earn quality minutes if they progress as well as Smith hopes.

Sean Arrington, a 5-foot-11 guard out of Tucson, and Grant Hope, a 6-foot-9 widebody from the west coast, should both fill reserve roles off the bench for Brewster. Smith will also have a pair of Californians coming off the bench - 6-foot-4 Jonas Lalehzadeh and 5-foot-11 Charles Oriel.

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