Prime Prep Steals Coach, Basketball Team From State Champ Arlington Grace Prep
Arlington Grace Prep Academy has established itself as a basketball powerhouse of late, rolling easily last year to its second consecutive TAPPS state title. But the team looks like it might have trouble making it a three-peat, not only because 7-foo-1 center Isaiah Austin and Jelon Hornbeak are off to play college ball.
Grace Prep, it seems, will also have to deal with the departure of coach Ray Forsett and several star players. According to the Fort Myers News-Press, Forsett will be returning to the annual leading not Grace Prep, as he did last year, but as head coach of Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy. I couldn't find a full roster, but according to the tournament's website, former Lion standouts Karviar Shepherd, Jordan Mickey, Emmanuel Mudiay have all joined sides with Deion.
The transfer would make the players ineligible for regular district play, but, as we noted Monday, the whole school is ineligible for district play. As far as I know, the team is free to play as many games in Florida as it chooses.
I've got a call in to Grace Prep to see how they feel about Deion absconding with their basketball team. The school has wasted no time rebuilding. According to the school's website, it has already hired longtime Texas Wesleyan University head coach Terry Waldrop to take the helm.
As for Deion, NBC 5 recorded some of his thoughts here.