78s Add Two New Worcester Players To Its Roster
Naadir Tharpe and Maurice Horton to play for the 78s in 2018-19
Today was an incredible day in the short history of the 78s. In a press conference this morning in Worcester the team announced two of the best players in Worcester will be joining the team this upcoming season.
G-League and Big 12 Experience
Naadir Tharpe the Worcester player of his generation. Playing his first two years of high school at Saint Peter Marian he earned admission at the prestigious basketball program at Brewster Academy in NH. Naadir led his team to a prep school national championship there.
From Brewster he was recruited by one of the most best programs in the NCAA, where the founder of the game, Dr. James Naismith once coached, the University of Kansas. There he played on a team that played for the national championship in his freshman year and was 4th in assists in the Big 12 his junior year.
Entering the NBA D-League (now G-League) draft after his junior year, he was drafted in the second round into the Lakers organization. He has also played in the NBL in Canada and the TBL in Poland.
Naadir has elite court vision and is an exceptional passer. He can make highlight plays for others and has very strong ball handling skills that allow him to get to the basket.
Worcester State’s Greatest Talent
Maurice Horton first played at Quinsigomond Community College and accumulated more than 1,600 points in two years. He was selected to play in the NJCAA’s National All-Star Game while at QCC.
After QCC he played two years at Worcester State University, scoring 1,110 points there.Maurice appears in the top 5 in single season and per game records in points, rebounds, assists and free throws at Worcester state. In just two years he became the 17th leading scorer in school history and the only player who has scored more than 1,000 points there in two years. He averaged 23.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game and was selected to the first team of the MASCAC in one of his seasons.
Mo is long, can play guard and multiple forward positions and is known for getting very hot in streaks.
78s Program Working To Fulfill It’s Mission With Worcester Players
The Worcester 78s mission is to attract the best available local players and compete for a championship on the national level. Adding two players of this caliber, combined with the players we’ve announced are returning to from last season, is an important step toward fulfilling that mission.