Tyler McFarland, the state’s 2011 Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year from Camden Hills of Rockport, will continue his playing career next winter at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., located in north-central Massachusetts along the New Hampshire border.
McFarland, already a two-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine honoree, had considered interest drawn from several from Division II college programs such as Bentley, Stonehill and St. Anselm. He instead opted for prep school, where the 6-foot-6 forward plans to continue working on his perimeter game with an eye toward playing at the scholarship level the following year.
McFarland averaged 24.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game this winter while leading Camden Hills to a 22-0 overall record and its second Class B state championship in three years.
Cushing Academy, which competes in the Class AA division of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference, went 21-7 this winter to qualify for the New England championships.
McFarland is expected to be joined at Cushing by Alex Furness, a 6-5 guard who earned All-Maine honors while at Cheverus of Portland as a junior before returning to Wells High School this winter for his senior season.
MCI stars named All-NEPSAC
Two members of the New England champion Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield postgraduate men’s basketball team have earned second-team All-New England Prep School Athletic Conference recognition.
Khristian Smith, a 6-6 forward bound for Indiana State University, and 6-9 center-forward Rafael Maia, headed for Brown University in the fall, earned All-NEPSAC recognition in Class AAA, the highest of the conference’s six divisions.
Teammates Omari Grier and Daison Knight received honorable mention status for coach Dave Campbell’s MCI club, which was seeded fourth for the eight-team New England tournanament. MCI edged No. 5 Northfield-Mount Hermon 85-84 in overtime in the quarterfinals before upsetting top-ranked Brewster Academy in the semifinals before defeating New Hampton (N.H.) School 73-56 in the championship game.
Among other players earning honorable mention in the Class AAA ranks was guard Indiana Faithfull of St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Conn., the 2010 Mr. Basketball from Maine while playing at Cheverus of Portland.