Prep Vs Public

Prep vs. Public while this will be forever a topic of discussion, both have their pros and cons.  We talked with several prep players who spoke about the deference and how they felt going from one school to the other.

Public School is just that Public its usually the school in your town in which you attend free of charge.  In some cases public school districts have great academic curriculums, but the flip side they can have poor curriculums as well.  Public schools teachers union contracts protect them from certain things such has staying to help a student after school who don’t understand the class work.

As an athlete its great to play in front of family and friends who have seen you become the star player that you have become.  But lets be honest you can count on your hands how many scholarship basketball players in the last 6-7 years that went to any BCS school.


Prep schools, usually private, designed to prepare students for a college or university education.  Prep schools cost usually range around 40k – 50k a year.  Educational wise public isn’t even close; teachers usually live in the same dorm as the students, each prep school that I have been in contact with has mandatory study hall every night where the wifi is shut off and students have to complete assigned course work.

This alone prepares you for college, waking up on your own, doing your own laundry all helps students mature in a prep school environment.

Now lets talk basketball, if you’re a high school basketball prospect with dreams of going to the NBA yes NBA we all had them until reality struck and we where only 5’9” as a sophomore in high school.  If you haven’t attended a game you don’t know what you are missing, high level basketball that would put MIAA to shame.  I will go on record of saying a AAA or AA school would mercy rules the majority of MIAA schools if not all.


Wayne Selden 2013 top 25 prospects in the country was once a public school star who left for Tilton School a prep school located in (NH) says

“I left because I wanted to put myself in better position for college, academically and athletically, public school could not provide that”




Jared Terrell 2014 top 25 prospects was once at Weymouth High School who was given the keys to the town, “I felt like I already dominated at the MIAA level.  I felt my game would not have progressed playing against MIAA competition.  Prep school has some of the best players in the world, I played against someone going Division one every night as well as in practice”




Jaylen Brantley 2013 top 100 guard “Better opportunity to reach my goal of playing division one basketball, also my coaches in public weren’t helping me reach that goal basketball wise or academically”



Hoop Dreams Magazine covers both Public as well as Prep school basketball.  We can count on one hand how many division one coaches we have seen at a public school game this past season.  Prep school is just what it says, prep you for college, its not for everyone. The MIAA makes it easy by not allowing coaches to work with their players earlier in the season, where prep schools start working out as soon as the player drops his or her bags at their dorms after orientation.

There are some great public school coaches who actually do their jobs and help players get to the level they can play at, but unfortunately the bad out weigh the good by hundreds.

If your child can attend a private school for little to no money and you don’t send him/her, shame on you.


5 Former NE Prep Players Selected in the 2012 NBA Draft

Moe Harkless 6’9 SF – Was selected 15th in the 1st round by the Philadelphia 76ers. Harkless Had a great freshmen campaign while at St. John’s. Having to be a leader/coach on the floor for his teammates because his head coach Steve Lavin miss the season for medical reasons Harkless did just fine. As a matter of fact he did more than fine, he was phenomenal en route to winning Big East Rookie of the Year by averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. Played his prep school ball for South Kent School(CT) where he was a 2nd team All NEPSAC AAA selection.


Andre Drummond 6’11 C – Was selected 9th in the 1st round by the Detroit Pistons. Drummond suited up for the Uconn Huskies last season and was considered the #2 ranked prep prospect coming out of St. Thomas Moore behnd #1 draft pick Anthony Davis. A super athletic freak who is sometimes compared to Amare Stoudamire and Dwight Howard potential wise but is seen more of a Serge Ibaka type player right now. While at St. Thomas Moore(CT) Drummond was a 1st teamm all NEPSAC AAA selection. Finished his freshmen campaign averaging 10Ppg, 7.6 Reb and 2.7Bpg.

Will Barton 6’6 SG – Was selected 41 in the 2nd round by the Portland Trailblazers. Barton has been playing for coach Pastner at Memphis the past 2 seasons. Having scored 18ppg and shooting 50% from the field Barton lead the Tigers to 2  NCAA tournament appearances. Before heading to Memphis Barton was considered the #1 Shooting Guard in his class. A former NEPSAC Class A POY while at Brewster Academy playing for coach Jason Smith


Kim English 6’6 SG – Was selected 44 in the 2nd round by the Detroit Pistons. English was a big contributor to the Missouri Tigers heralded season which ended with a 30-5 falling to Norfolk State in the NCAA tournament. English was selected to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team, Most Outstanding Player and All-Big 12 Second Team selection. English averaged 14.5ppg and shot better than 50% from the field and 45% from beyond the arc for the Tigers last season. Kimmie English played his prep ball at Notre Dame Prep


Thomas Robinson 6’9 PF – Was selected 5th in the 1st round by the Sacramento Kings. After playing behind the Morris twins his sophnore year Robinson stepped into the role as a starter and leader for the Kansas Jayhawks in his Junior campaign. In his first year as a starter Robinson became one of the nation’s dominant forces, averaging 18.0 points and 11.9 rebounds a game, was also selected Big 12 player of the year. Robinson, the first unanimous first-team All-American since Blake Griffin, led the Jayhawks to the national championship game against Kentucky, where they lost 67-59. Thomas Robinson played for coach Jason Smith Brewster Acdemy during his prep career.