Terrell seizes shot
at Oklahoma State
Marcus Smart was a considered a top five pick in the NBA draft last June. He chose to stay at Oklahoma State University for his sophomore year.
But with the talented combo guard all but assured to depart after this season, the Cowboys have his heir apparent polishing his game along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.
There, in Wolfeboro, N.H., senior guard Jared Terrell of Weymouth is starring at Brewster Academy.
Last month, Terrell officially signed a letter of intention to attend Oklahoma State next year, choosing the Cowboys over Cincinnati, Providence, and Rhode Island.
Smart’s pending departure to the NBA creates an immediate need for the Cowboys, one which Terrell hopes to fill.
“The campus is really nice and the situation that they are going to put me in is fitting for me,” said Terrell, who at 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds has a similar frame to Smart.
“Marcus Smart leaving creates an opportunity for a guy like me to make an impact on the team early in my career. I feel like I can go in there and play a good amount of minutes.”
Terrell is averaging roughly 17 points and three assists per game for Brewster (15-2), which plays in Class AAA of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council.
“He’s a great addition to our team,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said in announcing Terrell’s signing.
“He’s a big, strong guard who can put it on the floor and get to the rim. He’s got a very good midrange game as well, and can step out and make the three. He’s also a very strong defender. Jared can make an early impact on our team because of his physicality and versatility.”
Terrell played two seasons at Weymouth High, helping the Wildcats earn a trip to the Division 1 South tourney in 2011 before moving on to New Hampton School. He then transferred to Brewster, where he has developed into a force the past two seasons.
He delivered 18 points and a pair of 3-pointers in Brewster’s 97-49 win over Bridgeton Academy on Wednesday. He also drained three 3-pointers as part of a 15-point effort in a 91-73 win over Wilbraham & Monson Academy at the Spalding Hoophall Classic last Sunday.
“Jared is a great perimeter defender and just somebody that we trust to be out there and play for 30 minutes a game,” said Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith.
“His shooting percentage is over 50 percent, which is tremendous for a high school kid. And he’s over 40 percent for his three’s, so he knows the value of a good shot.”
Terrell had one of his best games of the season in a 96-86 overtime win over IMG of Florida during the Brewster Invitational last month, contributing a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) while converting all 10 of his free throws.
“Jared has played in the league for three years now, and that’s a huge advantage,” said Smith. “He’s a real leader for us and he understands how hard you need to play to be successful, and he knows our system real well.”
Terrell is part of an Oklahoma State recruiting class that is considered one of the nation’s best, including fellow guard Jeff Newberry of Westlake High in Atlanta. Terrell has come a long way since his freshman season at Weymouth High, and has his sights set on a prolific career as a Cowboy, and a potential career in the NBA.
“I’m focusing on finishing up this year and winning a national championship at Brewster,” said Terrell, who is a nominee for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American games. “Then I’m focusing on just college, but I know if I work really hard and keep my mind straight that anything is possible.”
Here and there
Babson freshman Giovanna Pickering of Hull, who has moved into the starting lineup for the women’s basketball team, responded by pouring in a career-high 24 points in a 71-65 loss to Coast Guard last Sunday. The 5-foot-8 guard scored 18 points in the second half as the Beavers nearly erased a 26-point deficit. Pickering, 9 of 14 from the floor and 5 for 6 on free throws, scored 10 straight points for Babson during the second-half run. A 2012 graduate of Thayer Academy, Pickering prepped last season at Phillips Academy in Andover. She is averaging 8.1 points per game and leads Babson with 31 steals and 33 assists.
Also at Babson, freshman guard Taylor Russell (Braintree) made her college debut against Coast Guard, scoring nine points and grabbing six rebounds. She followed that up with a seven-point, nine-rebound effort in a 63-60 loss to Smith. Scituate’s Megan Otto, a sophomore forward, is averaging 3.3 points and five rebounds per game for the Beavers (7-9, 7-5 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference). . .
Foxborough’s Cory Bridges , a junior at Rhode Island College, was named ECAC Division 3 Gymnast of the Week after placing second in the all-around in a meet against Cortland State and West Chester. Bridges scored an 8.775 on vault, 8.750 on bars, 8.375 on the beam, and an 8.125 on floor exercise. Her combined score of 34.025 placed second in the all-around. Bridges is a two-time participant in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championships. . .
Hingham’s Will Barao, a member of the South Shore YMCA Stryper swim team, had a record weekend at this year’s SPY Winterfest Invitational, held Jan. 10-12 at the University of Maryland. The 12-year-old won six of the seven events he participated in, and blew away the competition in the 500 and 200 freestyle events. Barao’s time of 4:49:93 for the 500 is the second-fastest time in the country this year for boys 12-and-under, and was 32 seconds faster than his closest competitor. He also recorded the country’s second fastest time when he was clocked in 1:47.69 for the 200, which set a new national YMCA record. A seventh-grade student at Derby Academy in Hingham, Barao also won the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 fly, 200 individual medley, and the 400 individual medley.
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