Sears playing for Yale
|No. 5 – MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
Basketball Champions League
|Born||January 3, 1994|
Plainfield, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Plainfield (Plainfield, New Jersey)|
Academy for Information Tech
(Scotch Plains, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||2016 / Undrafted|
|2017–present||MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg|
|Career highlights and awards|
Justin Sears (born January 3, 1994) is an American basketball player for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany. He played college basketball for the Yale Bulldogs. He was named Ivy League Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016.
Justin was born to Ryan and Lorna Sears and brought up in Plainfield, New Jersey. He and his younger brother, Jordan, began playing tennis at age four, and his experience with the sport helped his footwork. Jordan started playing basketball in sixth grade, and Justin began playing for fun with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) at around the same time. Justin competed at a higher level in eighth grade, after his father's friend encouraged him to play in a league in Plainfield. The Sears brothers later competed for both the basketball and tennis teams at Plainfield High School. Their 7-foot (2-metre) wingspans helped them excel as a doubles tennis team. Even though he played sports for Plainfield, Justin officially attended the Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, who did not have any sports teams. The academy was a branch of Union County Vocational Technical Schools.
High school career
As a basketball player at Plainfield High School, Sears finished with historical numbers of 1,048 points and 1,063 rebounds. He became the second player in school history to record over 1,000 in each category. In his sophomore season, Sears helped Plainfield make a postseason run, and in turn, drew the attention of colleges. As his junior season came to a close, he began receiving offers from NCAA Division I schools. As a senior, Sears averaged 13.4 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks, and he garnered first team all-state, all-area and all-county accolades. During his time with Plainfield, he led his team to two New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Group III titles. He also appeared in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions championship game two times, losing to St. Anthony High School on both occasions. On October 29, 2011, Sears committed to play college basketball at Yale University with the Bulldogs. He commented, "Four years ago if you told me I was going to Yale, I would have started laughing at you. But looking at it now, it's a great opportunity that's been given to me."
Sears attended high school at The Academy For Information Technology in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. With the Plainfield High School basketball team, he was known to read books and do his homework in the locker room. He often prioritized his academics over his athletics, despite receiving offers from several NCAA Division I colleges. While finding a college, Sears tried to find a school that stood out both academically and in its athletics programs, with a professional basketball career being uncertain. In order for Justin to attend Yale University, the Sears family had to pay about $54,000 per year. At Yale, Sears has taken environmental politics and law classes. As of March 2016, his major is undeclared, although he has previously shown interest in economics.
- "Men's Basketball All-Ivy, Postseason Awards Announced" (Press release). Ivy League. March 9, 2016. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
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- "Justin Sears Bio". YaleBulldogs.com. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- Stanmyre, Matthew. "It's books before basketball as Plainfield senior Justin Sears selects Yale". NJ.com. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- Carino, Jerry. "Plainfield's Justin Sears chooses Yale". Courier News. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- Kinney, Mike. "Plainfield star Justin Sears will continue his career at Yale". NJ.com. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- "Justin Sears wird ein MHP RIESE!". MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (in German). July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
- Carino, Jerry. "From Plainfield to Yale, Justin Sears a force on the court". Courier News. Retrieved 18 March 2016.