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The Patrick School is always in the mix when it comes to top high school programs in the nation, especially on the east coast. The talented group out of New Jersey has a solid balance of returnees and new additions this season. Their key returnees are senior guard Al-Amir Dawes, who just committed to Clemson, and senior division one prospect Alejandro Vasquez. Some of their key additions include the class of 2019 Bucknell commit Alexander Rice, senior big man Olanrewaju Olamuyiwa, sophomore wing Anthony Thomas, sophomore forward Dahmir Fowlkes and freshman guard Jaquan Harris. With this amount of depth The Patrick School will be a threat to any opponent they go up against. They have over five Division 1 caliber players, and will operate with one of the best backcourts in the country.
The Patrick School’s star is none other than the class of 2019 Clemson commit Al-Amir Dawes. This isn’t his first year playing on a team getting national attention. His sophomore year Dawes played a key role on The Patrick School’s T.O.C. title team. They finished among the top ten teams in the country with prospects like Nick Richards, Jordan Walker, Jaquan Harris and more. Dawes knows what it takes to be successful on a national level and will bring that experience to this team.
As mentioned before The Patrick School has a lot of depth on this year’s team. Al-Amir Dawes is quite the talent but this is anything but a one-man show. Senior guard Alejandro Vasquez brings a lot of toughness and a knack for getting to the basket. Senior transfer Alexander Rice is an elite shot maker with a high basketball I.Q. 6’9” Olanrewaju Olamuyiwa is a big transfer for the Patrick School as he gives them plenty more options with his size. Underclassmen Anthony Thomas, Dahmir Fowlkes and Jaquan Harris are key pieces as well.
The Killer As - Al-Amir, Alexander, Alejandro and Anthony, make up a solid core that should be able to compete on the national level. The Celtics' transfers in Olamuyiwa and Fowlkes will be crucial for this team’s success, as will the leadership from Dawes and Vasquez. Still, the Celtics need to see how these new pieces will fit in. The Patrick School has had talented teams before and made a lot of history, and they have a chance to do some special things in 2018-19.