St. James added two new yet familiar pieces to its basketball team over the weekend with the enrollment of senior forward Therence Mayimba and junior guard Justin Robinson. Both players played the last two seasons at Montrose Christian, where new St. James Coach Dan Prete and assistant coach Don Shopland served under Stu Vetter before his resignation in May.
Mayimba averaged 8.9 points as a starter for the Mustangs last season while Robinson averaged 5.5 points in a reserve role. In Mayimba, St. James inherits an athletic swingman with the length to lock down defenders and crash the boards as well as the range to knock down the open jump shot. These skills should provide a welcome complement to St. James senior forward Obi Enechionyia, who holds offers from Georgia Tech, Miami and Temple.
“I thought St. James would be a better place for me and my ambitions,” Mayimba said. “Coach Prete and Coach Shop are like family and have really helped me grow. As a senior, I think I will be able to share my knowledge with the younger players and play a strong role.”
Robinson gives the Saints a developing threat at the point guard position with his quick first step and ability to knock down perimeter shots. The 6-foot junior said he also considered Oak Hill Academy, St. Andrews and National Christian before deciding on St. James and its familiar faces.
“Knowing the system and coaches is going to be good and I know it will be a great fit,” Robinson said. “This summer I’ve worked on being a leader as a point guard and running the team, and if they need scoring, I can do that, too.”
The duo marks the second and third Montrose Christian players to officially enroll at a new school this summer. Junior center Taron “T.J.” Oliver will play at Riverdale Baptist and has excelled this summer on the AAU circuit.
Meantime, Montrose Christian began its rebuilding process last week with the hiring of Bryan Bartley as its new boys’ basketball coach and by welcoming Allonzo Trier, a 6-foot-4 junior who starred in Oklahoma the past two years while being home schooled. Trier is ranked No. 35 in the 2015 class by Rivals.com and holds offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Wichita State, among others.
Now that the news somehow already got out, I will be transferring and attending Montrose Christian for my upcoming junior year.
— Allonzo Trier (@ATrier_14Roc) August 9, 2013