Roughley among handful of locals earning NEPSAC basketball honors

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Six prep school boys basketball players with ties to the Berkshire County area have earned All-Star honors from the New England Prep Schools Athletic Conference (NEPSAC).

The list is led by former Wahconah player Brandon Roughley. Roughley, a senior at Salisbury School, was a first-team selection in Class A. Three of his teammates, Force Cousin, Dymere Miller and Justin Oliveras, were honorable mention picks. Roughley has announced his commitment to play at Williams College next year.

Salisbury was a one-and-done in the NEPSAC Class A Tournament. Salisbury was seeded fourth but lost to No. 5 Trinity-Pawling 72-63.

Noah Helmke, a former Monument Mountain player, was named as a Class B Honorable Mention selection. Helmke is a member of Berkshire School's Class of 2020. Unfortunately for Helmke and his Berkshire teammates, they did not qualify for the Class B tournament.

The Class D Player of the Year is Bay Ndongo, a member of the Class of 2023 from champion Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. His coach, Assane Sene, was named coach of the year.

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Other Darrow players named to the Class D First Team were Class of 2022 forward Cheikh Sou and Class of '22 guard Boubaca Mboup. Class of '23 guard Josh Huckaby was named honorable mention.

Darrow was the second seed in the Class D Tournament. The Ducks beat No. 6 seed Covenant Christian Academy 64-59, No. 3 seed Providence Country Day 66-50. and fifth-seeded New York Military Academy 53-48 in the championship game.

A future UMass Minuteman player, meanwhile, earned honorable mention honors in Class AAA.

Javohn Garcia, a guard from Brewster Academy, earned those honors. Garcia signed with UMass this year. The guard might be needed since freshman guard C.J. Jackson announced on Twitter Tuesday that he was entering the transfer portal.

Garcia's Brewster team was the No. 1 seed in the Class AAA tournament, beating No. 4 St. Thomas More 100-85 in the semifinals, but losing to No. 2 New Hampton 98-91 in the final.

Howard Herman can be reached at, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.


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