Putnam pg 9 8-2-19

PUTNAM — Texas Tech this past weekend posted a video on its Twitter page previewing former Putnam Science Academy big man Russel Tchewa as he prepares for his freshman year of college hoops. Tchewa stands at 7 foot weighing 250 pounds as he made an impact last year on and off the court for the Mustangs.
In only his first year, Russel received national attention for not only is size but his skill set and what he brought to the Mustang team last season.
With Tchewa now set to play for Texas Tech at the Division 1 level, a void at the center position was left for the coaching staff at Putnam Science Academy to fill. Remember, 6-10 forward Kareem Reid reclassified and accepted a scholarship offer at Gardner-Webb while 6-9 big Abou Ousmane did the same and is still waiting on the right fit for his collegiate career.
Luckily, a talented big man fell right into Putnam Science Academy’s lap as the Mustangs landed former ESPN Class of 2020 Top 50 big Elijah Everett.
Everett, after a dominant summer playing for the “Playaz Club” out of New Jersey in the Nike EYBL AAU circuit, elected to transfer from Immaculate Conception to Putnam Science while reclassifying into the class of 2021.Elijah looks to help the Mustangs on the glass right away as that’s where he made his living during the EYBL circuit.
Everett ranked third in the EYBL in Offensive Rebounding percentage at 21.2 percent through the first session before ultimately finishing eighth in the respected category. He also put together some stand-out performances for the Playaz Club like his summer-high 19 points on 7 for 11 shooting to go with 12 rebounds in a win over Team Melo along with a 10 point, 11 rebound win over Team Final.
Elijah will join the 2021 class and Putnam Science Academy in the fall already holding offers from Penn State, Minnesota, Villanova, Depaul, Syracuse, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Miami. The addition of Everett gives the Mustangs two players ranked in the Top 100 according to ESPN Recruiting with Hassan Diarra coming in at #65 and Everett at #82.
Josh Sanchas
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


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