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    2019 - 2020
    Head Coach: Matthew Fava

    Basketball – Boys Varsity

    2018-2019 Record: 14-8 (NEPSAC Class A Quarterfinals)
    2017-2018 Record: 13-7 (NEPSAC Class A Quarterfinals)
    2016-2017 Record: 20-4 (NEPSAC Class A FINALS)
    2015-2016 Record: 19-7 (NEPSAC Class A Semifinals)
    2014-2015 Record: 17-8 (NEPSAC Class A FINALS)
    2013-2014 Record: 11-5 (NEPSAC Class B Quarterfinals)
    2012-2013 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 (NESAC Class B Semifinals)
    2008-2009 Record 18-8 (NEPSAC Class "B" Quarterfinals)

    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.
     
    Notable Alumni:
    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.

    Suffield Basketball Tradition
     
    The Suffield Academy boys’ basketball program is one of the strongest traditions in all of New England. On six occasions (1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992), the Tigers have brought home the New England Championship. The Orange and Black have made runs in the New England Tournament each of the last two seasons. In 2009, the fourth seeded Tigers were knocked out in the quarterfinal round of the Western New England Tournament by a very talented Kent School team. The team finished 2009 with a 14-7 record. After a tough start to the 2009-10 season, which included two losses by two points or less, the Tigers reeled off 11 wins in their next 13 games, which included a trip to the Loomis-Chaffee Holiday Tournament finals, and going 8–1 in the month of January. The Orange and Black finished the regular season with a record of 15-8 (14-4 in the Western New England Conference), which was good enough to earn the Tigers the third seed in the Western New England Tournament. In the quarterfinal round, the Tigers hosted a very talented, sixth seed, Choate-Rosemary Hall team. On the day the Orange and Black knocked down 16 three-pointers en route to an 88-73 victory. The Tigers would get knocked out in the semifinal round by eventual champion, Kent School. 
     
     
    Our Schedule
     
    Suffield plays one of the toughest schedules in all of Class B, which includes. This season will be highlighted by games against Regional and National Powers, Cushing, Wilbraham-Monson, Loomis Chaffee, Choate, Deerfield, Salisbury, and Avon Old Farms. The Tigers will travel for two in season invitational’s. In early December, the Orange and Black will play in the Hoop Mountain Invitational at Marianapolis Prep, later in the month; they will participate in the Bob Southall Holiday Tournament at Loomis Chaffee. Each of these tournaments will feature some of the top Prep Programs and players in the Country.
     
    Our Players
     
    Many Suffield basketball players have gone on to play at the collegiate level. Previous Tigers have gone on to play at Amherst, Babson, Bentley, Bucknell, Clark, Delaware, Gannon, Lafayette, Maine, Mercyhurst, Middlebury, North Carolina State, Providence, Rochester, Rhode Island College, Skidmore, Springfield, St. Anslem, St. Johns, Stetson, Stevenson, Stonehill, Wesleyan, Wheaton, Wofford, along with other colleges and universities. 
     
    Vinny Del Negro '84 played 12 seasons in the NBA with 5 different teams (Sacramento, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Golden State, and Phoenix). In June of 2008, Del Negro was named the Head Coach for the Chicago Bulls, who he led to the NBA playoffs in each of his two seasons at the helm. This past summer, Del Negro was named Head Coach of the Los Angles Clippers.
     
    Our Coaches
     
    Jeff Depelteau ‘02 enters his third season at the helm of the Tigers. Depelteau has led the Orange and Black to the Western New England Tournament in each of his first two seasons, posting a career record of 30-16 (.652). 
     
    As a high school player, Depelteau was a captain and leading scorer (19.3 ppg) of the 2001 Western Massachusetts Division II Championship South Hadley High School team. He then completed a post-graduate year at Suffield Academy where he was the second leading scorer on a team that won 12 games and narrowly missed the New England Tournament. Depelteau finished his high school career (South Hadley and Suffield) with over 1100 points. Before a career-ending knee injury, Depelteau played two seasons at Wheaton College (MA).
     
    Depelteau has coached and lectured at such camps as Hoop Mountain Super Week I and II, Hoop Mountain Academic All-American, Five-Star, and Hoop Group Academic Elite.
     
    Dave Godin has worked with the basketball program in each of his thirty years at Suffield. He began his career at Suffield serving as the junior varsity basketball coach, and as a varsity assistant for Dennis Kinne. Godin later was named head varsity coach and led the program to hundreds of wins over his 19 seasons as head coach, including a New England Championship in 1995. In 2008, Godin decided to hand over the reigns to Depelteau and has served as assistant coach since. 
     
    Coach Depelteau says of Godin, “Dave was one of the best coaches I have been lucky enough to play for, and now I feel just as lucky to have him by my side on the sidelines. He is passionate about the game of basketball, and he takes pride in working with all of the young men in the basketball program. He is a great mentor, not only to our players, but also to me.
     
     
     
     

Team Coaches

  • Photo of Matthew Fava
    Head Coach:  Matthew Fava
    860-386-4450
    Bio
  • Photo of Sean Atkins
    Coach Sean Atkins
    (860) 386-4446
    Bio
  • Photo of David Godin
    Coach David Godin
    Bio

Team Roster

Overall Statistics
W L T %
10 9 0 52.6

Game Schedule

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Master's School
Loss 81-86
Master's School
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St. Luke's School
Win 50-46
St. Andrew's School
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Hotchkiss School
Loss 60-64
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Milton Academy
Win 51-36
Babson College
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Blair Academy
Loss 74-97
Mount St. Michael's Academy
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Choate Rosemary Hall
Win 75-61
South End Community Center
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Phillips Academy
Loss 73-80
South End Community Center
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Thayer Academy
Win 75-71
St. Sebastian's Country Day School
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Cheshire Academy
Win 64-59
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Taft School
Loss 44-46
Taft School
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Williston Northampton School
Loss 57-72
Williston Northampton School
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Perkiomen School (PA)
American International College
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Kent School
Loss 39-44
Kent School
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Noble and Greenough
Win 44-39
Noble and Greenough
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Worcester Academy
Loss 49-55
Worcester Academy
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Brimmer & May School
Win 56-49
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Loomis Chaffee
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Avon Old Farms School
Loss 66-71
Avon Old Farms School
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Westminster School
Win 88-67
Westminster School
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Salisbury School
Win 72-68
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Deerfield Academy
Win 83-47
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Williston Northampton School
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
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Loomis Chaffee
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Trinity-Pawling School
Trinity-Pawling School
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Salisbury School
Salisbury School
Suffield Academy   185 North Main Street   Suffield, Connecticut 06078   Phone 860.386.4400  |  Fax 860.386.4411