Before every game, Omari Spellman makes sure to tell each of his teammates something positive before he starts his own warmup routine.
So it seemed only fitting that his teammates were there to hear the adulation that Spellman received Wednesday when he received a banner for his selection to the Jordan Brand Classic during the St. Thomas More School (Oakdale, Conn.) winter awards event. The presentation was part of the Jordan Brand Classic Senior Night presented by American Family Insurance. Spellman’s fellow senior teammates were also recognized.
The Jordan Brand Classic is April 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Spellman played his senior season at St. Thomas More after transferring from the MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass. He is originally from suburban Cleveland and played the first years of his high school career in Ohio.
Spellman, who has signed with Villanova, is the No. 5 power forward in the nation and is ranked as No. 16 overall by ESPN. He is 6-9 and 275 pounds but is athletic and can play in transition, which should make him a good fit at Villanova.
“I feel the reason a lot of people don’t accomplish their dreams is because they write them off, and they say, ‘I can’t do that,’ ” he said. “When you say things like that, you limit your ability to be great,” says Omari. “Look at dreams as goals, and contribute every inch of your being to achieving that goal and that dream, and you can do it.”