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Oklahoma State-Bound Terrell Named MVP as Brewster Wins National Prep Championship; Graham, Bolden, Copeland Come Up Big in Final
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Jared Terrell wasn’t feeling it a year ago when Brewster (N.H.) Academy lost in the National Prep Championship game to Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.).
“We was here last year and came down the same road and got to the finals and didn’t cap it off,” the 6-foot-3 Oklahoma State commit told SNY.tv after dropping 20 points in an 84-61 victory over NMH in the semifinals on Wednesday at Albertus Magnus College. “But I think we have a good enough team to finish it off this year.”
A few hours after saying that, Brewster did indeed cap it off, knocking off St. Thomas More (Conn.) 88-77 to win the championship.
Terrell was named MVP of the tournament after scoring seven points in the final.
Under coach Jason Smith, Brewster has now won three National Prep Championships and four NEPSAC titles.
Devonte Graham,the Appalachian State commit who is still locked into his Letter of Intent despite his desire to get out, led Brewster with 22 points. UCLA pledge Jonah Bolden and Georgetown signee Isaac Copeland each scored 15 points in the win.
Donovan Mitchell added 14 and Jared Reuter 11.
“I just wanted to come out and let my presence be felt,” Bolden said before the final.
The win in the National Prep Championship came three days after coach Brewster won the NEPSAC Class AAA title with a 68-63 win over New Hampton (N.H.)
Terrell went for 14 points (with 10 free throws), 4 rebounds, and 3 steals in that game.
“Jared’s just a competitor,” Smith told ESPNBoston.com. “He’s tough, he’s hard-nosed, he competes and wants to win every time, no matter if it’s in practice. He just wants to win. He’s a competitive guy.”
Terrell is excited to go in and try to help replace Marcus Smart next year at Oklahoma State.
“They haven’t specified [my role] but I think I’ll be able to go in there and get a good amount of minutes because of my talent,” he said.
Terrell said he speaks regularly with Oklahoma State assistant Steve Middleton, and periodically with head coach Travis Ford.
The Cowboys have won four straight to revive their NCAA Tournament resume after they had lost seven straight.
“They actually beat Kansas on Saturday,” he said.
Terrell isn’t Marcus Smart, but he does see similarities in their games.
“Both play hard, pride ourselves on defense,” he said. “Strong, can score the ball, like to share it.”
For now, Terrell will be sharing his championships with his Brewster teammates.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.