Brewster Ready To Rock

Jason Smith is sitting on a heck of a pitching staff. Too bad he's trying to win basketball games.

"I've got five lefties," the energetic, 28-year-old Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy coach said Friday night. "That's a pretty good rotation, right?"


In all seriousness, though, Smith has quite the roster set for this winter up on the perennially powerful New England prep circuit. His kids are scheduled to arrive on Sunday and Monday.

His backcourt includes CA PG David Gale, a much-improved floor general who's getting Ivy League-level interest; CA WG Joel Smith, an athletic leaper; WI WG/WF Tyler "Deion" James, a solid pickup out of Milwaukee who's been re-classified as a junior; and OH WG Dominic Harrison, a Middle Tennessee State commitment who re-opened his recruitment because of a coaching change.

The Brewster frontcourt – former stomping grounds of current North Carolina freshman center Damion Grant – includes OH BF/WF Mike Pilgrim, OH BF Norman Plummer and IL BF Blake Schilb.

Smith's troops better be ready. Their schedule is brutal. It takes them to Bobby Jacobs' War on the Shore prep school tournament in Delaware on an ultra-competitive season-opening trip.

They'll also participate in the Maine Central Institute tourney in early December, a pair of Brewster-hosted events on the Dec. 13-15 weekend and the New Hampton tourney and the National Prep School Invitational in February.

Another Brewster item worth noting: The school's $8.5 million facility – a beautiful new gym on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee – should be ready to go this winter.

Just like Smith's hoopsters.

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