In a battle of titans in the NCISAA, The Burlington School travelled to Greensboro Day and came away with an impressive 67-51 win. TBS threw the first punch and never looked back. Coach Ryan Bernardi had an excellent game plan and TBS executed it too perfection. It’s not easy beating a Hall of Fame Coach like Freddy Johnson, especially on his home court. Now, let’s take a closer look at the standout players for the game.
Jamarii Thomas TBS 6’1 2021
Jamarii has done an exceptional job leading The Burlington School the entire season. He has led by example and has also been the team’s vocal leader. Jamarii is a player that you definitely want on your team. He plays with so much energy and passion, and it’s really a joy watching him compete. Jamarii is an outstanding on ball defender and does a good job shooting the passing lanes for steals. Jamarii should be in the conversation as one of the top defensive players in the state, not to mention he is one of the better guards getting downhill and finishing at the rim. He really excels in transition.
Kuluel Mading TBS 6’10 2021
Kuluel has so much potential and upside and is only beginning to scratch the surface. What you currently see is not the finished product and could actually excel more at the collegiate level. He is one of the top players in the state and should be one of the most coveted prospects in the state right now by college coaches. When he plays with the energy like he did against GDS, he is really special. His size and athleticism allows him to contest and block a lot of shots. Kuluel runs the floor really well and has great hands which allows him to make highlight plays in the open court. In addition, Kuluel illustrated that he is really improving his overall skill set. Throughout the year, he has demonstrated that he has the ability to knock down perimeter shots.
Shane Peterson TBS 6’1 2022
Shane Peterson plays with ultra-confidence. He is a knock down shooter for the Spartans. Every time it leaves his hands you feel like it is going in. He has a great basketball IQ and makes all the right plays on the court.
Jakel Powell TBS 6’5 2023
Jakel was really impressive in their win vs. Greensboro Day School. The long, skilled wing has the ability to make plays off the bounce. He also has a smooth shooting stroke from the perimeter. With his size, he is able to get to his spots and shoot over defenders. His length also allows him to be able to guard multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball.
Zion Walker TBS 6’3 2024
Zion plays with so much confidence for a freshman. He has a bright future ahead of him. He is playing with a lot of talent every day in practice and has gotten better and better throughout the season. Zion is a smart, crafty player who can score the ball at all 3-levels. His skillset allows him to create plays for himself and others.
Jaydon Young Greensboro Day 6’4 2023
Jaydon illustrated throughout the game why he is one of the best sophomores in the state. The strong, athletic, versatile guard has the ability to beat you from all over the court, He can beat you getting to the rim or he can beat you from the perimeter. He does a real good job using his body on drives and getting to his spots. Jaydon does a tremendous job rebounding the ball for his position and has solidified himself as one of the premier players in the loaded North Carolina class of 2023.