“I was bummed I couldn’t be playing on the court with my guys, but, honestly, I was positive,” Nembhard told Slam Magazine. “Me and my dad and were the most positive the whole time, always thought I was going to come back.”
“I missed it, but I also just said, ‘I want to take my time so I don’t come back too early and mess up anything for myself,’” he added. “It’s kind of just one little obstacle in my life that I kind of surpassed, so I’m great to be moving on now.”
Nembhard and Barrett went on to lead Montverde to an undefeated 35-0 record and the Geico High School National Championship in New York in early April.
“He made tremendous recovery from that. I didn’t know if he was going to be able to play this year. And not only is he playing, he’s playing incredibly,” Montverde coach Kevin Boyle told Slam. “I’m telling you, there’s very few people his age as mature and as thoughtful of other people than him, yet he really competes on the court. He’s got no ego. He’s a selfless person.”
Barrett added: “We were all scared for him at the beginning. But seeing him come back the way he has, he’s always been a soldier, so I’m not surprised he came back from it.”
Now, Nembhard is trying to do what Barrett did last summer.
And he’ll need a gold medal to share bragging rights with his close friend.Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook