(21) played AAU ball last summer and he's
seen the difference in his
game, averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds a game for East High, which plays for the Section V Class AAA title.
...At that moment, East High's Nate Brumfield tips the ball through the basket or sometimes jams it with force.
It's an impressive sight, like the senior's growth socially, according to those who are around him daily.
So are the 6-foot-4 senior forward's offensive statistics.Brumfield
is the biggest force in East's high-scoring lineup."We go as Nate goes," East High coach Darrell Barley said.
"We have Nate Brumfield
and other teams don't."
The Rush-Henrietta Royal Comets will need to have an answer for that.
Brumfield averages 25 points and 13 rebounds heading into East's clash with Rush-Henrietta at 8:45 p.m. Saturday in the Section V Class AAA final.
This is a chance at redemption for most of the Orientals, including Brumfield
"It's my last year and I want to win," Brumfield
Fairport bounced East out of the tournament semifinals, after Brumfield
cool and pushed an opposing player.
"I'm happy that we got back because I got kicked out," Brumfield
In the past, Brumfield
has turned down interview requests even after East High wins and strong statistical games for him.He
says it's not unusual for him to be quiet and shy in front of relatives.
It surprised Brumfield
was told that there are people with no connection to East High
who come to watch him play.
"I'm not a loud person," Brumfield
said."I'm a good kid.
"I don't know if people believe that or not."His
coaches and mentor at East hope that people do.Brumfield
is wide-shouldered at 234 pounds, but his
teammates rush to his
defense faster than they can run a fast break.
Aubrey Holmes, another teammate, and Mitchem, grew up with Brumfield
in Van Auker housing projects on the city's west side.
Mitchem remembers Brumfield
as a "late-bloomer" when it came to basketball.
always wanted to play football," Mitchem said.
"My first year at East, I think I was 5-10," Brumfield
, then a sophomore, was named to the Section V All-Tournament team after East edged Fairport in the Class AA final.He
scored 11 points that game, all of which came in the second half.
Last season, Brumfield
made the jump from the All-Greater
Rochester second team to the Super 15.He
averaged 22.2 points and 11 rebounds during a season that included a 41-point game during a loss at Rush-Henrietta. During the summer, Brumfield was part of an AAU team that featured some of the best players in the state like NBA prospect Andray Blatche and Duke-bound guard Greg Paulus.
"It helped me a lot," Brumfield
has played in every game but one this season.East officials said that Brumfield
was benched as a precaution while it was determined whether he
was academically eligible. His
picture appeared in this newspaper when it was discovered that he
did not play.
said that he
probably will have to go to a prep school.
"The public has an inaccurate perception of Nate
, given that he's
quiet and shy.