2017-18 Record: 13-7 (NEPSAC Class "A" Quarterfinals)
2016-17 Record: 20-4 (NEPSAC Class "A" FINALS)
2015-16 Record: 19-7 (NEPSAC Class "A" Semifinals)
2014-15 Record: 17-8 (NEPSAC Class "A" FINALS)
2013-14 Record: 11-5 (NEPSAC Class "B" Quarterfinals)
2012-13 Record: 20-4 (NEPSAC Class "B" CHAMPIONS)
2011-2012 Record 18-8 (NEPSAC Class "B" Semifinals)
2010-2011 Record 13-13 (NEPSAC Class "B" Semifinals)
2009-2010 Record 19-6 (NEPSAC Class "B" Semifinals)
2008-2009 Record 18-8 (NEPSAC Class "B" Quarterfinals)
2018-2019 Season Outlook:
The Suffield Academy boys' basketball program is one of the strongest independent school sports traditions in all of New England. The Tigers have advanced to the NEPSAC playoffs in each of the previous ten seasons. Our program currently boasts three dorm proctors, four admissions tour guides, and five new student mentors. The boys are leaders on campus and excel in the classroom. The team earned a 3.45 GPA last year and is working hard to surpassing that mark this year. Most of our student-athletes also compete at the varsity level in the fall and/or spring, standing out on the football and soccer fields, the tennis courts, the track, and the golf course.
Leading the charge in the 2018-2019 season will be tri-captains Nkosi Cooper ’19, Alec McGovern ’19, and Jalin Sinclair ’20. Brett Bischoping and Joe Rousseau provide vital senior leadership, while Leo Edo and Tyler van Dyke are ready to take big jumps in productivity in their junior seasons. We are also excited to welcome the following newcomers to the roster: Tyler Pereira ’19, Justin Barron ’20, Radostin Dimitrov ’20, Jaden Dottin ’20, George Bauer ’21 and Micawber “Mac” Etienne ’21.
Suffield will participate in three showcase events this season: Zero Gravity Prep Classic, NERR Coaches vs Cancer Scholar Roundball Classic, and BasketBull Holiday Classic. NEPSAC Class A conference play features over 20 teams fighting for just eight playoff spots and includes traditional powerhouses like Avon Old Farms, Hotchkiss, Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield, Loomis Chaffee, Milton, Taft, Trinity Pawling, and Williston Northampton. Additionally, the Tigers will play the maximum allowed six games against Class AA/AAA opponents (Cheshire, Masters, MacDuffie, South Kent, Wilbraham & Monson, Worcester), challenging themselves to compete against some of the best high school teams in the country.
Suffield Academy has graduated nine college basketball players in the last two years alone: Bryce Butler ’17 (Susquehanna), Manny Chuckwu ’17 (University of Guelph), Patrick Harding ’18 (Bryant), Griffin Kornaker ’17 (Middlebury), RJ Mhoon ’18 (Fisk), Matt Redhead ’17 (Franklin & Marshall), Jaden Robinson ’18 (Georgetown), Tyreek Scott-Grayson ’17 (UAB), Garrett Stephenson ’17 (WPI).
Many previous Tigers have continued their playing careers at the collegiate level and used basketball as a tool to help earn admission to some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world: Amherst, Babson, Bentley, Bucknell, Colby, Columbia, Connecticut College, Hamilton, Lafayette, Middlebury, Providence, Rochester, Skidmore, Stonehill, Wentworth, Vassar, Wesleyan, and Yale
Vinny Del Negro '84 played 12 seasons in the NBA with five different teams. Del Negro later served as head coach for the Chicago Bulls from 2008 to 2010, leading them to the NBA playoffs in both of his seasons at the helm. From 2010 to 2013, Del Negro coached the Los Angeles Clippers, helping them improve their win total each season, setting a franchise record for single season wins in his final season, and guiding them to two playoff appearances.