Brian Mukasa to prep at St. Andrew’s

Sharon senior Brian Mukasa will do a post-graduate year at St. Andrew’s in Rhode Island. It will give him a chance to play for a coach he’s had a relationship with for a while.

“I’ve always had a relationship with Coach (Mike) Hart for years, since my freshman year,” Mukasa told City Hoops Recruiting, remembering he met him at a camp.

The senior point guard recently finished up a fine career at Sharon High School, where he scored over 1,000 points. He also led them to the Division 2 South sectional final, where they lost a heart-breaker 71-69 in overtime against Milton. In that game, he sent the game to overtime by way of a three-pointer with less than three seconds left in regulation. Ironically, it was the only game in his high school career that went to overtime.

Mukasa, who has also lived in nearby Randolph, and his parents decided early on his high school career that he would not go to a prep school except for a true post-graduate year, instead of repeating an earlier grade. While some coaches courted him during the last four years, he stayed put, but there was one coach who was always in the picture and that is his future coach.

Although basketball has been there all along for him, Mukasa has also played baseball and soccer and run track over the years. In fact, he played soccer his first two years of high school, and he enjoyed playing the other sports. But spend a few minutes talking to him, and you see how important basketball is. He understands the game and a good deal of the business around the game.

“I love basketball, but I feel like it’s fun every now and then to do something that is not basketball,” the senior guard reflected, before also noting how interested he is in the arts.

Mukasa will play with the Boston Warriors this spring and summer. To this point, his recruitment has been all over the map and included all levels, including junior college. His hope is to grow as a floor leader to run a team at an elite level first during this off-season, then during his prep year. That’s a common theme in talking to him about his post-graduate year: his excitement about the opportunity to play at a higher level. He knows he’ll be playing in a highly competitive league and will have every opportunity to play his way into a scholarship.

“I feel like if I do what I need to do and handle my business, one in the classroom and two, in the gym, doing the workouts and the things I need to do, there’s no reason that can’t be the case,” said the senior point guard.

None of this excitement is a surprise as it’s long been clear he loves basketball. An outgoing and charismatic young man, he is now looking forward to everything about this next opportunity, both on and off the court.

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