May 14, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Capping a high school career by leading St. Augustine San Diego to a state championship, soon-to-be high school graduate Brynton Lemar has been working hard ever since to prepare for his upcoming transition to college life and the rigors of Division I basketball.
No stranger to the area, his team captured the CIF State Division III boys' basketball championship at Sleep Train Arena last March, Lemar will join recent NLI signee Georgi Funtarov as the newest members of UC Davis' men's basketball team this fall.
"It feels great to end my time at St. Augustine with a championship, now I'm looking forward to continue playing basketball at UC Davis next year," said Lemar in an interview following his team's season-ending seven-point victory in Sacramento.
In 2013, the California All-State First Team recipient averaged 21.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game
"His skills, along with his work ethic and character, will make him a big contributor to the future success of UC Davis basketball," said head coach Jim Les.
In addition to winning a state title, the 6-foot-3 guard has received a litany of awards throughout his final season with the Saints. What started with a Division III San Diego CIF championship, continued with a Southern California Division III Sectional crown and Most Valuable Player honors, recently culminated with San Diego All-CIF First Team, Postseason Player of the Year and San Diego CIF Player of the Year accolades.
Lemar's athletic accomplishments will surely gain the attention of Big West players and coaches once the season commences, but it is the discipline, character and hard work displayed off the court that will help the combo guard flourish within UC Davis' academic culture.
A regular on St. Augustine's honor roll, Lemar represented his school at the Augustinian Values Institute in Richland, N.J., and was selected as a 2013 Link Achiever based upon his leadership skills, educational and athletic achievements.
For the past three years, Lemar was also a member of the Loyal Sons of St. Augustine - a select group of students that volunteer throughout the year at numerous special and philanthropic events, retreats, and community functions sponsored by the school. Sons also serve as mentors for the Saints' student body, with an emphasis placed on assisting freshmen throughout their first year on campus.
Even though blocks of free time are few and far between in his current schedule, Lemar still makes it a priority to volunteer for the Bayview Baptist Church Children's Ministry - a decision originally made in 2008 as an eighth grader.
Willing to do whatever it takes to help others succeed on the court, one can currently find Lemar working hard to lend a hand in court as well at his current internship with U.S. District Judge John A. Houston.
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