Intent on continuing his basketball career at a major-college program, Loyola senior captain Connor Barrett chose to re-classify and will play a post-graduate season at Brewster Academy.
A boarding school in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Brewster has an impressive record of providing its players opportunities at the next level. This season, the Bobcats had 45 alums on college rosters, including 12 who played on teams in the NCAA Division I tournament.
“I wanted to go to a place where I had the opportunity to be looked at by college coaches, and Brewster was the best fit,” said Barrett, who lives in Chicago and went to Frances Xavier Warde.
A two-year varsity starter, the 6-foot-4 Barrett led the Ramblers to a second Class 4A regional title in a row this season. He averaged 11.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and had 26 steals in 26 games. He was first on the team with 64 3-pointers, making 37.9 percent of his attempts.
For the second consecutive season, Barrett earned all-Catholic Blue honors and was a Class 3A/4A all-state special mention by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association as a senior.
Despite his production and accolades, Barrett didn’t generate a lot of attention from college coaches. An injury last summer limited his exposure, and he missed nine games during his senior season with a broken foot.
“He was incredibly under-recruited, and that’s bothersome to me,” Loyola head coach Tom Livatino said. “But he made a great decision to take another year. He’s going to go there and contribute and walk out as a Division I player. His ceiling is super high.”
Barrett said attending a prep school was an option he thought about before this past season. His injuries ultimately informed his decision. Furthermore, Barrett is young for his class. He doesn’t turn 18 years old until July 3.
“It was in the back of my mind since the summer,” he said. “As time went on, it became more apparent that it could happen.”
Meanwhile, Barrett still is rehabilitating his right foot and is wearing a walking boot. He said he expects to full strength sometime next month.
Known for his perimeter shooting and defense, Barrett said he will be focusing on improving his ball-handling and being more aggressive to the basket.
“Another year will give me time to develop other parts of my game,” he said. “I want to be a multi-dimensional player.”
Brewster has won the National Prep Championship five times since 2010 and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class AAA championship six times since 2008.