James Warren is returning home.
Warren, who has spent part of the last two seasons at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. will be attending Topeka High for the 2016-17 season before planning to enroll in a prep school the following year as a 2018 prospect.
“The two years I was at IMG was really hard for me mentally,” Warren said, “and with my situation with my family and my mom I just want to come back and be able to take care of her and enjoy it.”
Warren, a 5-foot-10 point guard, grew up in Topeka and played at Topeka High before transferring to IMG in February 2015 shortly after his father passed away. Warren said his time at IMG was “a great experience” as he finished out the 2014-15 season at IMG before a full year at the program this past year.
He plans on taking things he learned at IMG back to Topeka.
“I’ll be taking with me my work ethic, the training to keep my body right, being a great teammate to my fellow members at Topeka High, keeping a winning attitude, and trying to be the best player I can be and have the best outcome possible,” Warren said.
Warren will be reuniting with some former teammates at Topeka High, which finished 8-13 last season.
“I’m really excited,” Warren said. “I think we can go a long way as long as we stay on the same page and keep trying to win.”
Warren is planning on playing with Kansas-based Oz Elite this summer after leaving Florida on June 4. He also plans on attending various elite camps at local colleges after receiving interest from Division I and Division II schools.