Brew: A case of loyalty
In a twist to a situation that does not occur everyday, all-NorCal guard Chris Brew will return to St. Mary's of Berkeley, a few days after transferring to Berkeley High, to finish his prep career.
This reversal of fortune means that Brew's return gives the defending NorCal Div. IV champion Panthers four of last season's top six players (three starters) so they will be a shoe-in for a top 3 ranking in the state's pre-season Div. IV polls three months from now.
Why the sudden change of heart? St. Mary's does not offer scholarships so for Chris and his family, loyalty definitely finished ahead of economics. His father, William Brew Sr., weighed the options and it was deemed far more important that the bouncy senior complete his last year of high school with the teammates he started with, like San Jose St.-bound point guard Aalim Moor, so the financial piece was worked out and it's back to St. Mary's for Brew.
With Chris back in the lineup and twin brothers Dominic and Demetrius Lee a year older, stronger, and more improved, the Panthers will have an excellent shot at duplicating last season's run to ARCO.
As one of the upcoming season's front-runners for Player of the Year honors in the region, Brew is the pivotal piece of the puzzle for St. Mary's. With his athleticism and trademark intensity on the defensive end, Chris is the driving force behind the Panthers' smothering full-court pressure and opponents can also expect his teammates to feed off of his un-relenting defensive style, just as they have during his first three years.