Jamari Sibley leaving Nicolet for Oak Hill Academy

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Jamari Sibley leaving Nicolet for Oak Hill Academy

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Jamari Sibley leaving Nicolet for Oak Hill Academy


For the second time in just over two months, one of the state’s top high school basketball players has announced his transfer to a powerhouse out-of-state school.

Nicolet forward Jamari Sibley announced via Instagram Wednesday night that he will be attending Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his senior year.

Sibley averaged 19.1 points and five rebounds per game as a junior for the Knights, playing a leading role as Nicolet stormed past the Division 2 field to win the WIAA state championship.

Sibley, a four-star recruit who includes Marquette among his top 10 college team finalists, excelled along five-star forward Jalen Johnson, a Duke recruit, last year. Johnson, along with younger brother and starting point guard Kobe, transferred to Nicolet from Sun Prairie prior to the 2018-19 school year. 

Sibley entered his freshman year as a skinny, 6-foot-6 and unpolished ball of potential after attending Blessed Savior in middle school. In his three years at Nicolet, he learned how to best utilize every inch of his now 6-foot-9 frame, became a polished offensive player and turned into a disruptive defensive force.

“I will like to thank Nicolet for everything❤️ but this upcoming year I will be attending Oak Hill Academy,” Sibley captioned in his Instagram post announcing the transfer.


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I will like to thank nicolet for everything❤️ but this upcoming year I will be attending oak hill academy

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Sibley’s announcement comes after Milwaukee Washington forward Michael Foster Jr. announced in May he was transferring to Hillcrest Prep in Arizona. Foster is a consensus top-10 recruit nationally in the class of 2021, a group featuring Sussex Hamilton forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. as the top-ranked player.

Oak Hill is famous for producing future NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Brandon Jennings, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley.

Nicolet should still project to be among the contenders in the state, if not still at the top. Jalen Johnson, a senior, is the reigning Wisconsin Gatorade player of the year. Juniors Kobe Johnson and James Graham, a wing, both hold multiple NCAA Division I offers and will be expected to step into larger roles.

Contact Curt Hogg at chogg@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CyrtHogg.


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