Not all was lost today. Yes, Purdue had a bad day in our nation’s capital, but Aaron Wheeler, the versatile wing found by coach Painter, led his team to a National Prep School Championship. Brewster Academy capped a perfect 33-0 seaosn with a 72-71 win over Northfield Mount Hermon.
Wheeler didn’t just have a good game, either. He had 22 points in the title game and was named the tournament MVP:
Jason Smith's club capped a perfect, 33-0, season by winning their fifth national championship in the last eight years on Thursday night.
They also earned the distinction of being the first NEPSAC AAA (or A prior to conference realignment) team to finish undefeated since Maine Central Institute in 1998.
Aaron Wheeler played his best game in recent memory, finishing with 22 points and earning MVP honors while Thomas Allen was incredibly efficient shooting 8-10 from the floor to finish with 19 points. Makai Ashton-Langford added 15 points including a clutch three in the final moments to extend his personal winning streak which began in May of 2016.
You want highlights? Well, I have more than highlights. I have the entire game on YouTube, because who doesn’t want to watch some NEPSAC basketball on a Friday night?
Wheeler wears jersey No. 1 here, and he looks very promising too. He is listed as 6’8” athletic wing, which ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for what Purdue needs right now.