St. Peter Marian teammates will prep next year

St. Peter Marian will have a very different look to their varsity team next season, as two of their three underclassmen this season, Makai Ashton-Langford (6’1″ So. PG) and Greg Kuakumensah (6’4″ So. SF-PF), will head to prep school in the fall. Ashton-Langford will attend Cushing Academy, while Kuakumensah won’t be going far as he will head to Worcester Academy.

Both players will repeat their sophomore year and play three more years. They would like to have gone to the same school, but circumstances didn’t allow for that. They will still get to be teammates on the travel circuit with the Mass Rivals program this spring and summer, where they will at times play up on their 17-under team.

Ashton-Langford will join travel teammate Jalen Adams at Cushing, winners of two straight NEPSAC Class AA championships. He will get the chance to run the show from the outset with Kaleb Joseph graduating, and he will have talent to get the ball to. A quick point guard, he has a lot of upside to go with a good feel for the game, and he has great potential at the defensive end.

Kuakumensah has been to Worcester Academy often, growing up in the area, so he has a lot of familiarity with the school and the basketball program there. The lefty isn’t as far along in his overall developmental as his teammate, as he’s athletic but has to develop the skill package more, especially the ball skills. In the immediate, he hopes to work on just that while joining a group of great teammates at Worcester Academy.

“I want to work on my shooting and dribbling ability,” Kuakumensah told City Hoops Recruiting. “The biggest thing I want to work on is my right hand.”

Kuakumensah is the younger brother of Brown sophomore Cedric, who is already making his mark on the school record book with his defense. He said Cedric has helped him with what he can expect in the recruiting process, and when he comes home from Brown he tries to get him in the gym to work out. Whereas Cedric is a post player, Greg is more of a combo forward and more athletic.

St. Peter Marian reached the semifinals in the Division 1 Central Massachusetts region this season before bowing out to St. John’s of Shrewsbury in a close game. The only other underclassman on the team was Jonathan Crimmin, a junior guard.

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