Josh Sewell Talks High School, Recruiting

Josh Sewell, 6-5, 205 pound 2G/SF, is one of the top juniors in Kentucky. This season for Louisville Trinity High School, Sewell is averaging approximately 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game.

Josh Sewell, 6-5, 205 pound 2G/SF, is one of the top juniors in Kentucky. This season for Louisville Trinity High School, Sewell is averaging approximately 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game.

Sewell is looking for Trinity to do some damage this season. At 11-1 overall, Trinity just finished 5th in the Lexington Catholic holiday tournament. Sewell said, "We are young, inexperienced, and play only two seniors. Our goal is to win the (Kentucky) 7th region and then state."

This summer, Sewell played AAU ball with the Ohio Basketball Club (OBC). Despite the name, almost all the players are from Kentucky and West Virginia. "We did well," Sewell said. "A lot of guys stepped up. We had a lot of talent on the team."

Josh Sewell describes his style of play as "in and out" and excels with his mid-range game. Sewell said, "I like to shoot over guards." Sewell says he is more of a shooting guard than a small forward and has a scorer's mentality. He also plays point guard for Trinity. He has been starting as a guard since his freshman year.

Sewell says he needs to work on a few basic skills to become more of a complete player. Sewell explains, "I should be averaging 10 rebounds at my height. Also, my three point shooting (can improve). I shoot somewhere around 30%. I have fallen in love with the three point shot too much."

He likens his style of play to two former Big Ten stars, Alando Tucker (formerly of Wisconsin and the Phoenix Suns and now in the NBA D-League) and Eric Gordon (formerly of Indiana and now with the Los Angeles Clippers ). "Alando Tucker is a hell of a defensive player," Sewell describes. "He is a good inside-outside player."

On a personal level, as the son of a nurse, Sewell says he has a "giving mentality." Sewell is also active in performing community service. He volunteers at nursing homes and the Special Olympics. Sewell also broke out some poetry in describing his work ethic: "I give my all in whatever I do. I'm passionate about it no matter the sacrifices and struggles I may go through."

Sewell is now beginning to seriously look at colleges. He currently has a 3.0 GPA. He has not taken an entrance test since he was a freshman.

Sewell told RedHawk Insider that in college he is thinking about majoring in business (likely marketing) and/or prelaw. Eventually moving on to law school after college is a distinct possibility.

The schools that are recruiting Sewell include Miami(OH), Ohio, Wright State, Butler, Virginia Commonwealth, Akron, Miami(FL), Middle Tennessee State, Dayton, Stanford, Penn State, Bradley, Marshall, and Western Kentucky. He has offers from all of those schools except Butler, Dayton, Stanford, and Penn State.

Sewell does not have a particular leader, but said Akron is recruiting him the hardest at this point.

Sewell has already unofficially visited Akron, Miami(OH), Ohio, Dayton, Kentucky, and Xavier. However, Kentucky and Xavier are no longer recruiting Sewell.

Sewell discussed the visits to the four schools he has visited that are still recruiting him:

Dayton: "Overall, I probably have the best relationship with their coaching staff. It was my first and longest visit. I have also been to a lot of open gyms there. Brian Gregory is a pretty good coach."

Akron: "It was nice. Only negative was it was five hours away. I like (Akron assistant) Coach (Jeff) Boals. He is a good guy."

Miami(OH): "Miami really impressed me. I have never seen a campus like that. Academics are good too. I really like the coaching staff. (Miami Assistant) Coach (Ryan) Pedon seems like a really cool guy."

Ohio: "It went really well. Head Coach (John Groce) was a good guy. Campus is similar to Miami with the colonial look of bricks and all. I enjoyed myself."

Sewell plans on visiting Butler and Western Kentucky in the near future.

Josh Sewell will make a decision as early as March and definitely before his senior year begins. Academics are his #1 priority in choosing a school. Sewell explained, "It is mainly academics. Basketball will take care of itself. The coach will decide how much to play me. Also relationship with the coaches is important." Sewell added he will make a very careful decision. "I want to make a great decision, not just a good decision, so that I can develop on and off the court."


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