Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bridgton Academy Preview

St John's-bound Darrick Wood readies for launch
Wolverines look to meld for big run
- Today on this rainy Thursday afternoon, the Spaceship descends for the first time on the ancient land of Maine, where head coach Whit Lesure has a high-powered roster at Bridgton Academy, "the nation's only all post-graduate private school for young men."  Let's take a look...With the quintet of Darrick Wood, Amir Garrett, Markus Crider, Melikke Nichols, and Jarryn Skeete, Bridgton, without a doubt, has one of the most talented first-fives in New England and also America.  Jarryn Skeete is a long, 6'2 point guard from the Toronto area who was impressive running the show for CIA Bounce last summer at Peach Jam.  At the 2-spot, Darrick Wood is a St Johns-bound trampoline artist from DC.  At the 3 will be 6'5 left-handed high-flyer Amir Garrett from Los Angeles who is also committed to St Johns and could be there this year for second semester.  At the other forward spot will be former Providence-commit Markus Crider, a physical 6'5 wing player from Dayton, Ohio who can mix it up in the paint.  Rounding out the first-five is former Hofstra-commit Melikke Nichols, a springy 6'6 athlete with long arms from Far Rockaway, NY...Off the Wolverine bench, Lesure will have three nice options in James McDonnell, Chris Green Jr, and Billy Thompson Jr.   At 6'9, Swansea, Mass-native James McDonnell gives Bridgton a legitimate space-eater who will go to battle down-low.  Providing quality back-court depth will be former Taunton HS star-guard Chris Green Jr, while adding ammo on the wing will be Billy Thompson Jr, a solid 6'5 wing who played with Brandon Knight at Pinecrest HS in Florida and is the son of former Louisville, LA Lakers and Miami Heat small forward Billy Thompson Sr, who was known as the BT Express...Bridgton will be in action next weekend in two intriguing match-ups at the NERR National Prep Showcase, one with St John's Miltary Academy our of Wisconsin on Friday and another against Hargrave Military Academy out of Virginia on Saturday.

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