He’s, perhaps, the best football and basketball player from Newburgh.
But he doesn’t play for Newburgh Free Academy. Junior swingman Jabari Wells is lighting it up for New York Military Academy in Cornwall, averaging 19 points per game. He rushed for 1,200 yards as NYMA’s star running back this fall. NYMA’s Les McMillen, who coaches the basketball and football teams, thinks Wells is A Division I prospect in football. And, possibly, basketball.
“I have a lot of confidence in Jabari,” McMillen said. “In 30 years, I’ve coached some good players, and I have confidence he will do very well.”
McMillen said Wells, who is 6-foot, 190 pounds, could possibly play football in the Big East. With the help of his AAU coach, Harold Rayford Jr. of the Newburgh Zion Lions, Wells arrived to NYMA two years ago.
“Harold just felt this was a better fit for him,” McMillen said. “He was pulling a 70 average at Newburgh. His grades have jumped big time, he’s in the 80’s now. I think this was the right move for him.”
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