2019-2020 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 eleven seasons, a remarkable run. The boys are leaders on campus and they excel in the classroom. Most of our student-athletes also compete at the varsity level in the fall and/or spring, standing out on the field, tennis court, track, golf course, and in the pool.
Leading the charge in the 2019-2020 season is team captain and two-time All-NEPSAC honoree Jalin Sinclair ’20, who is committed on scholarship to Lehigh University. Leo Edo ’20, another four-year member of the program, is committed to the University of Chicago and will provide vital senior leadership this season. Micawber “Mac” Etienne ’21 has developed into a Top-100 nationally ranked player following his All-NEPSAC sophomore campaign a year ago and is poised to lead our program to new heights. Our final returner, George Bauer ’21, is ready to take a big jump in productivity in his junior season. We are also excited to welcome the following newcomers to the roster: Niko Bossinakis ’20, Nick Bray ’20, Will Rolapp ’20, Alex Pisacreta ’20, Charles-André Robert ’21, Harrison Hochberg ’22, Alijah Lovelace ’22, and Tyler McLaughlin-Darcy ’22.
Suffield will participate in five showcase events this season, giving our student-athletes optimum exposure for college recruitment: Zero Gravity Prep Classic, NERR Scholar Roundball Classic, PSA Prep Showcase, BasketBull Holiday HoopsFest, and HoopHall Prep Classic.
Suffield Academy has graduated 12 college basketball players in the last three years alone:
Brett Bischoping ’19 (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Bryce Butler ’17 (Susquehanna University)
Manny Chuckwu ’17 (University of Guelph)
Nkosi Cooper ’19 (Hamilton College)
Patrick Harding ’18 (Bryant University)
Griffin Kornaker ’17 (Middlebury College)
Alec McGovern ’19 (Colby College)
RJ Mhoon ’18 (Fisk University)
Matt Redhead ’17 (Franklin & Marshall College)
Jaden Robinson ’18 (Georgetown University)
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, Yale.
Miye Oni ’16 was a one-year post graduate at Suffield and helped lead the Tigers to the NEPSAC semifinals. He went on to play collegiate basketball at Yale University where he was named the 2019 Ivy League Player-of-the-Year, and led Yale to the Ivy League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He was taken 58th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.
Christian Wilkins ’15 scored over 1,000 points in his four-year basketball career at Suffield, but made his mark on the grid iron and led our football program to the 2015 New England Championship. He went on to be named an NCAA All-American at Clemson University, leading the Tigers to the 2019 National Championship and being drafted 13th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
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.