Pierre-Charles Seeing Progress
Published by Gilbert Muako on December 31, 2011
Most of the top Canadian prospects attending prep schools have came or are currently home for the Christmas break. They are all looking forward to enjoying the short time they have with family and friends before saying their goodbyes again and continuing their hoops journey south of the border. 6-foot-8, 2012 combo forward Jean Pierre-Charles is on that journey and now values family time than he ever has.
“Coming home is great, makes you appreciate it a lot more. Home cooked meals and being around family and friends is the best thing,” says the lanky forward when we caught up with him.
Pierre-Charles is an Ottawa, ON native who transferred from Ashbury College to Maine Central in Maine in hopes of improving his game, level of play and expand his recruiting for his senior year.
So far, Pierre-Charles sees the big leap between playing in the home town school where he was considered “The Man” and was depended on every night versus earning every bit of his 13.0 PPG at Maine Central who play in the NEPSAC league. One of the best leagues in American high school basketball.
Going up against the likes of Amir Garret (St. Johns recruit) and playing the number one team in the country in Brewster Academy where he was matched up against 6-foot-9 Xavier commit Jalen Reynolds, who he admits to being his toughest battle yet. Pierre believes the move has forced him to take his game up a notch.
“Its good. We got an intense schedule coming up after the break. Looking forward to that. Its known to be a really good league so competition is always great. Last year the team won the league. Personally I like the school and the basketball forces you to be more aggressive.”
Playing with and against great competition has given Pierre-Charles the opportunity to showcase his abilities in front of more college coaches. He has seen his recruitment pick up in the first half of the season at Maine Central.
Lafayette, UNH and Maine have offered him while Colgate and St. Bonaventure are some of the schools showing interest. He also notes that the CIS power house, Carleton Ravens, are also in the mix.
Pierre-Charles plans on taking visits later in the season and will most likely make a decision in the late signing period.
When it comes to the next level, he says he is looking for a school that competes every year and has a good balance, academically and athletically.
As for his development?
“My transition game got a lot better” and goes on to say, “ I feel more comfortable with the three but I still need to work on my ball handling but its improving.”
Pierre -Charles heads back to school on the 2nd of January to continue a tough second half of the season. He will continue attracting more schools as he continues to enhance his all around game.