By Cameron Salerno special to NSA, photo by Allene Salerno (leniespictures.smugmug.com) Roseville, CA
Saturday was a night of celebration for Prolific Prep.
Prior to the tip-off versus BC Christian Prep, Prolific Preps seven seniors were honored prior to the game. Jared Martin, Antonio Vivan, Jeenathan Williams, Sekou Toure, Jordan Brown, Amadou Sow and Onyinyechi Eyisi were all brought to half court where Coach Billy McKnight reflected on their achievements they have made on the program.
“Senior night is always a really special night because of how much all of them have put into our program” McKnight confessed. “The seniors have represented our program in a very classy manner so it was very important to recognize them.”
The seniors would close out their final night game at Napa Valley College, with a statement. The Crew never trailed in the contest and never let up, picking up a 108-64 victory.
“I thought we had a fairly consistent effort throughout the game but really at the end I thought excustiation wise we really did some nice things” McKnight said on his overall teams play. “We were running some things that we don’t normally run and we were executing them flawlessly.”
The Crew was led by a balanced scoring attack with everyone getting in the action. Nimari Burnett led the charge with 26 points, Amadou Sow Contributed 25 points and Mcdonald’s All-American Jordan Brown chipped in 18 points to go along with 15 rebounds.
Brown, who has been out most of 2018 with a back injury played only his fourth contest back Saturday night and picked up a double double. His game high 18 ponts led the charge down low, while being double and even triple teamed throughout the contest.
“(Resting) has really helped me improve my movement and being able to come back 100 percent” Senior Jordan Brown explained. “I feel like resting has made me be able to watch the game and get better so when I came back I was at a top level of play again.”
However, the leading scorer was sophomore Nimari Burnett and ever since Burnett has come to the program, Coach McKnight has seen him take strides in the right direction to take charge as their full time starting point guard for now and years to come.
“(Nimari) is really starting to find a comfort level with running the offense despite our system being so difficult” McKnight emphasized. “It is a difficult system to learn and I think as the season has gone on, Nimari (Burnett) has really watched and learned especially the five weeks he was out when he broke his hand, I think he has developed into a special player for us.”
Prolific Prep (24-7) got out to a big 51-26 lead at the half and at the intermission period retired jersey number 11, the most noted player to ever come out of the program; Josh Jackson. Although Josh wasn’t there for the ceremony, his mom was in attendance who has made just as big an impact on the program and helping found Prolific Prep.
“Josh (Jackson) is the reason why the program is around and without him or his mother the program wouldn’t be here” McKnight confessed. “Both Josh and his mom are some of the founding pillars of the program so I thought it was important they were recognized.”
Despite the early push by BC Christian Prep at the start of the half it was not enough and Prolific earned a commanding victory. They will now focus on their final home game Sunday and then look forward to the Grind Session Championships.
“To win the Grind Session we just have to play how we have been built up, we had struggles and injuries at the start of the season but I feel like we have really learned how to play as a team” Brown Confessed. “Throughout the whole season we have been missing pieces but heading into the championships im confident we will all be 100 percent and ready to go out there and win it.”