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December 8, 2013

Boys Prep Basketball Previews

Brooks

2012-13 season: 18-7

Returning starters (2): Lavar Harewood, 6-3, Jr., guard; Ikenna Ndugba, 5-11, Soph., guard

Returning lettermen: Nate Leeson, 6-3, Sr., forward; Francisco Zeno, 5-10, Sr., guard; Dontae Christian, 5-9, Jr., guard; Aser Ghebremichael, 6-8, Jr., forward; Tamenang Choh, 6-3, Soph., forward

Promising newcomers: Brant Abraham, 6-0, Sr., guard, Andover; Hilton Chao, 6-3, Sr., forward; Charlie Crockett, 6-8, Jr., forward; Ceasar Adim, 6-3, Soph., forward; Jalen Martinez, 5-11, Soph., guard, Methuen; Ethan Gabert-Doyon, 6-0, Frosh.; Kyle Neyman, 6-0, Frosh., guard, North Andover

Captains: Ikenna Ndugba, Francisco Zeno, Nate Leeson

Candidates: 55

Fast facts: Graduated 60 percent of scoring from last year’s team and three all-league players. ... Ethan Gabert-Doyon is from the same Montreal program that produced Jayde Dawson from last year’s team. ... Ikenna Ndugba is the first sophomore captain ever for Brooks and he’s already been offered a scholarship to Boston College..

Assistant coaches: Michael O’Connor, Kenya Jones

Coach John McVeigh (11th year, 146-80): “I’m cautiously optimistic. It’s a young group but we have some talent and this is the tallest team I’ve had. Once we have the chance to play together, we’ll be pretty good.”

Phillips

2012-13 season: 6-15

Returning starters (1): Jake Howell, 6-3, Sr., forward

Returning lettermen: Greg Devlin, 5-9, Sr., guard; Nate Meehan, 6-0, Sr., guard; Kene Adigwe, 5-8, Sr., guard; Chris Holstein, 6-2, Sr., forward; Germane Wright, 5-8, Jr., guard;

Promising newcomers: Brandon Michel, 5-10, PG guard; Andrew Hamel, 6-6, PG, forward/center, Methuen; Eric Alperin, 6-1, Jr., guard; Sam Glazer, 6-2, Jr., guard

Captains: Jake Howell

Candidates: 35

Fast facts: The 6-6, 240-pound Andrew Hamel, a Central Catholic graduate from Methuen, will be doing a post grad year at Phillips.

Assistant coaches: Dan Schneider, Damany Fisher; Kevin O’Connor, JV

Coach Terrell Ivory (2nd year, 6-15): “As far as talent, we’re more talented than were last year and we have more depth than last year. Our strength is quickness and athleticism. I think we can pressure opponents. And I think we can create easy offense by getting turnovers.”

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