Prime Prep is an offensive minded team—78 points per game and nearly 50% shooting from the floor—but are stingy on defense, allowing only 51 points. At 6-10, 230 pounds, it’s easy to understand why Karviar Shepherd (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg), a TCU recruit, was a finalist for the McDonald’s All American Game and is one of the nation’s fiercest rebounders. Joining him on the frontline is 6-8 Jordan Mickey a long, lean athletic combo-forward who averages a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds. However, most recruiters are flocking to the gym in droves for 6-4 combo guard Emmanuel Mudiay (14.0 ppg, 7.0 apg), ranked #3 in the 2014 ESPN 60. Mudiay can score in a variety of ways and has developed a solid mid-range game. A pair of underclassmen—6-10 sophomore, #6 in the 2015 ESPN 25, Elijah Thomas (10.0 ppg) and 6-5 freshman Terrance Ferguson (10.0 ppg)—provided a solid future foundation. Thomas is drawing interest from SMU, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas. Ferguson is already highly ranked in the Class of 2016 according to ESPN.
Prime Prep is a first-year team, who quickly built a national reputation through aggressive scheduling and elite talent. From the opening game of the season, they showed no fear in playing top competition as it recorded an 85-77 victory over Trent Internationale School (TX) on Nov. 12 and followed that up with wins over Louisiana powers Monroe Carroll and eventual Class 5A champion Scotlandville, 63-50, at the 2012 Thanksgiving Hoopfest. Another quality win against Houston Yates followed but Prime Prep opened eyes nationally taking down ranked Huntington Prep (WV), 59-46, at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, WV. Coach Ray Forsett squad added the program’s first national title, winning four games in three days at the National Association of Christian Athletes Division I Tournament, defeating Our Savior New American (NY), 61-56, in the final on March 1. Adding a NHSI title would culminate a perfect opening.