New Jersey Prospect Has Division I Looks

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free look at the basketball game of two-sport prospect Harold Spears from the Pennington School in New Jersey ...

Harold Spears, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound two-sport star from The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey, continues to receive division one interest in two sports -- basketball and football.

Spears is currently averaging 19 points a game, eight rebounds, and three steals per contest. Pennington has won its first seven games.

"As his coach for the last 5 years with Team NJABC, I have watched Harold grow as a player and person, and he is a tremendous young man," said head coach of Team NJABC, Matt Pauls. "His grades are excellent (3.7 GPA I think) and he is taking high level college prep courses."

Spears has improved his skill level too, knocking down the three more consistently and getting to the rims. He plays primarily on the wing but uses his size to get rebounds.

"He has a number of D1 schools watching him - at practice, games, etc, and a few are close to offering," said Pauls. "After working with many D1 student-athletes over the past many years, I feel strongly that he can play at the D1 level."

Spears is also a talented football player. "The University of Akron, Temple, Williams and Mary, James Madison, Villanova, are among the schools showing interest," said Pauls.

"They are all after him because he is a very athletic wide receiver, tight end and outside linebacker, and he had an incredible year on the gridiron.

"If he does not find the right basketball fit, I think he will pursue football.

Harold surpassed the 1,000 point mark in his high school basketball career.


Team NJABC had a terrific run in a two-week stretch during the July evaluation period. Matt Pauls' team won nine of 10 games, only losing to the New York Panthers in the quarterfinals at the Summer Classic.

In addition, during the month of July, Team NJABC captured the Joe Brown Memorial tournament run by the Playaz Club of New Jersey.

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