Okorougo ’22 and Ruglass-Dortch ’24 Win All-NEPSAC for V1 Basketball

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Jarrel Okorougo ’22 and Bryce Ruglass-Dortch ’24 recently earned coveted spots on the All-NEPSAC Boys Basketball’ 21-’22 AA team.

Of about 225 players in the league, arguably the most competitive in the nation, only 30 won this accolade. Okourogo and Ruglass-Dortch contributed to an overall 11-8 record, the best in Gator history.

“Making All-NEPSAC my first year at Brimmer and in the AA league felt very good,” Ruglass-Dortch said. “But it also made me want to work even harder so that I can get player-of-the-year in the future.”

Okorougo also shared his appreciation for the award.

“Having four players recognized by NEPSAC speaks volumes on the time and work we put into perfecting our craft at Brimmer,” Okorougo said. “This season was one of the best Brimmer has had in a long time, and I am proud to say I was a part of it.”

Quinn Nielsen ’23 and Ismani Cepeda ’22 also won NEPSAC Honorable Mentions. Both players provided consistent, solid play that led to big wins over Cheshire Academy, The MacDuffie School, and Beaver Country Day School.

“Earning this award meant very much to me, knowing how hard I worked to get to this point,” Nielsen said. “I went from being known by no one to being recognized this season, and it’s a great feeling.”

Having four players recognized by NEPSAC speaks volumes on the time and work we put into perfecting our craft at Brimmer

— Jarrel Okorougo ’22

Led by Head Coach Tom Nelson, the season culminated in a quarterfinal spot in the All-NEPSAC tournament, which included some of the best teams in the region.

In addition to the School’s record-breaking season, only one other team in the league had more players honored than the Gators.

“I’m super proud of how my guys performed this season,” Nelson said. “It not only shows our achievements as a team but also reflects our individual accomplishments. We performed great this season, and next year we’ve got even more talent lined up,” Nelson said. “I’m excited for what’s in store.”

Editors’ note: This story was updated on April 15 at 3:30 p.m. to correct multiple misspellings of Jarrel Okorougo. We apologize for the error.