University of Maryland, Baltimore County
The winter is officially upon us which means college basketball is in full swing. Several Brewster alums are on the scene this winter and many Bobcat faithful are glued to ESPN following the action for the next few months. Joe Sherburne is among those past Bobcats who have gone on to do great things in his college career which has included being a four-year starter at UMBC and an integral part of their magical run in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Before starring for the Greyhounds, Sherburne was a member of the 2014-2015 Prep Basketball team that finished 35-1 winning the Lakes Region League, the AAA NEPSAC title and the school’s fourth National Prep School Tournament Championship.
“Joe was one of our main contributors that season as well as one of our best perimeter shooters,” recalls longtime Prep basketball coach, Jason Smith. “He took full advantage of his post-graduate year and made himself into a Division I player. We are very proud of his successes which include graduating in just three years and being selected as an Academic All-American.”
Sherburne, a Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin native, had a celebrated high school career. Along with eclipsing the 1,000 point mark, he was an Honorable Mention All-State, received Academic All-State Honors, and was selected to play in the Wisconsin Division II All-Star game. In his one year at Brewster, Sherburne was a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded the Buzzy Dore Memorial Award for positive contributions to the community at graduation.
Due to his storied high school academic and athletic career, Sherburne had several college opportunities to choose from. He chose to attend the University of Maryland-Baltimore County to play basketball and pursue a major in Financial Economics. Joe is very busy heading into the heart of his season but he was honored to be selected our Alum of the Month and had some time to chat with Bobcat Nation.
Bobcat Nation: How did Brewster prepare you for the rigors of life after high school?
Sherburne: Brewster introduced me to a lot of people from different countries, which allowed for an easier transition to UMBC. And at Brewster, I learned how to tie a tie which is an important life skill!
Bobcat Nation: What are your best memories of being a student-athlete at Brewster?
Sherburne: Competing with and against the country’s best players every day comes to mind immediately. I improved at Brewster dramatically because of many of my teammates who were so talented. I had no choice but to work harder if I wanted to play. I also must mention that after we won the National Championship, we went to Chipotle and Coldstone Ice Cream which is something I will never forget!
Bobcat Nation: Who were the teachers or coaches that had the most impact you while at Brewster?
Sherburne: I have many people that helped me that year, but there are a few that come to mind. Mrs. Found, as I owe more than half of my facebook pictures due to her work! I was always amazed how she made time to do so many different things for so many people on campus. Mr. Barnett for his DVD collection and for gifting me his ukulele. He also took me to church on Sundays and allowed me to stay at his house when I did not know I was supposed to go home during parents weekend. And he is the reason why I say “That graveyard is very nice. People are just dying to get in there” whenever I pass by a cemetery. I also have Senora Lopez in mind because she was just a really nice teacher who made a movie with no English at all. It was one of my favorites. And lastly, Coach Lee, as he was a great help with my game but also reminded me how glad I am that I am not a Boston sports fan regardless of how many championships they have.
Bobcat Nation: What has been your greatest accomplishment since leaving Brewster?
Sherburne: Playing in the NCAA Tournament and being on the 16th seeded team that knocked off the top seed -- and then having Aaron Rodgers tweet at me! Also, being the first ever men’s basketball player in the America East Conference and in UMBC history to be named First Team Academic All-America.
Bobcat Nation: Greatest playing moment in college?
Sherburne: Listening the legendary play-by-play analyst Jim Nantz call my game on television last year, going to the ESPY Awards, and playing a game in front of President George W. Bush.
Bobcat Nation: What are you looking forward to this upcoming season?
Sherburne: Enjoying my senior year and looking forward to another chance to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
Bobcat Nation: Advice to current Brewster students?
Sherburne: Just to take advantage of the unlimited Estabrook food; that place is great, and one’s metabolism will slow down abruptly after high school. And don’t take for granted to enjoy your surroundings and the area. Go out and throw the frisbee when you can or just sit out on the turf after dinner on a nice night with your friends--I don’t get to do stuff like that anymore and I miss it!
Bobcat Nation: Major and plans after college?
Sherburne: I was able to graduate in three years with a Financial Economics major. I am taking graduate courses in Management right now. I am not sure what I am going to do upon graduation but I would like to keep playing basketball as long as I can and eventually move back closer to home in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
Photo credit: Marlayna Demond for UMBC