Westtown heads much further west to Torrey Pines and brings an international flair to the National Division. Westtown (PA), which was established in 1799 and located 25 west of Philadelphia, is believed to be the oldest continuously operating co-educational boarding school in the country.
Picture a sleepy sprawling campus in the countryside but also picture a big time basketball program with big time players. Westtown currently has eleven players at the collegiate level. And this year the Quakers feature Greek import 7’ 2” Georgios “George” Papagiannis ’15 who transferred to the school from Europe over the summer; he is originally from Amarousio, Greece (Athens area).
Papagiannis was ranked the # 1 junior in Europe and NBA scouts have been watching him since he was 14 years old and some have commented that he is a high lottery pick after one year in college. His father played basketball professionally.
Westtown head coach Seth Berger has said that Papagiannis can handle the ball, shoot the ball, he is very strong and he knows the game.
Other observers have commented that unlike some Europeans Papagiannis has a unique blend of size, skill and toughness. One scout said that he may be the best center in the Philadelphia area right now, including collegiate and NBA players.
MaxPreps published a spotlight article on the Greek import playing U.S. high school basketball for the first time.
But if you focus too much attention on the big fella Maryland bound Jared Nickens ’14 will adjust your focus. The 6-5 wing is a pure shooter and may be the best shooter in the southeastern Pennsylvania area, which includes Philadelphia.
And Jared Nicken’s AAU teammate, 6-3 guard Jair Bolden ’16, has transferred from St. Anthony (Jersey City, NJ) to join the Quakers and the sophomore point guard will provide the ball handling needed to feed both Nickens and Papagiannis.
Westtown (West Chester, PA) at a Glance
Type: Private boarding/day school
Enrollment: 381 (291 boarding)
7-2 C Georgios "George" Papagiannis '15 (from Greece)
6-5 W Jared Nickens '14 (Maryland)
6-3 PG Jair Bolden '16
Quakers Currently at the Next Level
Matthew Lee ’10: St. Thomas Aquinas
Luisito Jimenez ’10: University of Puerto Rico
Dockery Walker ’10: Brown
Longji Yiljep ’11: Brown
Nanribet Yiljep ’11: Skidmore
Berk Atuk ’11: Bard
Eli Kell-Abrams ’11: Emerson College
Daniel Ochefu: Villanova
Jeremy Schulkin ’12: Adelphi University
Jamie Moon ’12: Connecticut College
Yilret Yiljep ’13: American University