Men's Basketball Announces Class of 2019

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Steve Donahue, has announced his freshman class for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Six young men will join the Quakers’ roster this season.

“This is a solid all-around class that fills a lot of different needs,” said Donahue, who was hired in March and will coach his first season with the Quakers in 2015-16. “I look forward to getting these guys on campus and integrating them with the returning players as we look to return Penn to the top of the Ivy League standings.”

JACKSON DONAHUE
6-0 / 175
Pawcatuck, Conn. / Northfield Mount Hermon
High School: Lettered three years at Stonington (Conn.) High School before spending two years at NMH … Two-time captain at Stonington, one-time captain at NMH … Head coach at NMH was John Carroll, at Stonington it was Michael Reyes … As a freshman, helped Stonington win Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) Medium championship … First-team all-state as a junior at Stonington, second-team all-state as a sophomore … Two-time first-team All-Area (Norwich) and All-ECC at Stonington, as a sophomore and junior … As a junior at NMH, MVP of Hoophall Classic Game … Dean’s List as a senior at NMH … Five-year honor roll student through high school.
Personal: Son of Heather and David Donahue … Older brother, Sam, was recruited to play basketball at Boston College by current Penn head coach Steve Donahue (no relation) … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

MO ESFORMES
5-10 / 185
Miami Beach, Fla. / RASG Hebrew Academy
High School: Letterwinner and captain of his basketball team at RASG Hebrew Academy … Head coach was Scott Berman … Team MVP each of his last three seasons … Penn Book Award recipient … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Sherri and Phillip Esformes … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.

TYLER HAMILTON
6-4 / 195
Atlanta, Ga. / Cheshire Academy
High School: Lettered at Greater Atlanta Christian before spending a year at Cheshire … Head Coach at Cheshire was Kevin Kehoe, at GAC it was Eddie Martin … Helped Greater Atlanta Christian win Class AA state championships in 2012-13 (29-3 record) and 2013-14 (32-0) as well as four regional titles … Named all-tournament as GAC won the 2013 Arby’s Classic title in Bristol, Tenn. … Did a mission trip to Rwanda while in high school … National Honor Society member … Beta Club member … Mu Alpha Theta (Math honors) member … Fellowship of Christian Athletes member … Future Business Leaders of America member.
Personal: Son of Jackie and Derrek Hamilton … Father played basketball at Southern Mississippi, was a third-round draft pick of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, and enjoyed a lengthy pro career in Europe … Uncle, Angelo, won an NJCAA national title at Connor State and then played at the University of Oklahoma … Another relative, Antonio Lang, played basketball at Duke and won two NCAA titles with the Blue Devils … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

COLLIN McMANUS
6-10 / 230
Bedford, N.H. / Northfield Mount Hermon
High School: Played two years of basketball at Bedford High School before lettering three times at NMH … High school coach at NMH was John Carroll, at BHS it was John Langlois … Helped NMH to National Prep Championship in 2012-13 (29-3 record) … McDonald’s All-America nominee as a senior … MVP of the 2015 Hoophall Classic Game as a senior … All-NEPSAC as a senior … Also lettered twice in volleyball at NMH, helping team to Founding 4 Prep Tournament title in 2014.
Personal: Son of Karla and Donald McManus … Mother rowed crew at Cornell … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

MAX ROTHSCHILD
6-8 / 225
Chicago, Ill. / New Hampton
High School: Played his four years at U of Chicago Laboratory School before prepping for a year at New Hampton … Two-year captain … Head coach at New Hampton was Peter Hutchins, at UChicago Lab it was Marlo Finner … Helped UChicago Lab School to regional titles as a junior (21-11 record) and senior (25-8) … Honorable mention all-city at UChicago Lab as a senior, honorable mention all-state as a junior … Received New Hampton’s Golden-Tilton Post-Graduate Award.
Personal: Son of Clare and Douglas Rothschild … Father played football at Wheaton College (Ill.) and then enjoyed a brief NFL career with the Chicago Bears … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

JAKE SILPE
6-2 / 185
Cherry Hill, N.J. / Cherry Hill East
High School: Four-year letterwinner, two-year captain for CHE’s basketball program … High school coach was Dave Allen … Graduated after scoring 1,577 points, second in school history, and was inducted into the CHE Boys’ Basketball Hall of Fame … Cherry Hill East was New Jersey Group 4 state finalist his senior year (26-6 record) and Group 4 South Jersey champions his junior year (23-8) … As a senior, South Jersey Player of the Year by both the Courier Post and Philadelphia Inquirer and Olympic Conference Player of the Year by NJ.com … Second-team all-state by NJ Hoops, third-team all-state by NJ.com/Star Ledger … First-team All-Academic by NJ Hoops … Reebok Classic Breakout 100 selection in summer 2014 … As a junior, first-team All-South Jersey by Courier Post and second-team All-South Jersey by Philadelphia Inquirer … Two-time member of Al Carino Boys’ Basketball Club of South Jersey All-Team … First-team Olympic Conference (American Division) as a sophomore … Freshman year, won gold medal in boys’ basketball at Mid-Atlantic Maccabi Games … Recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award … Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) member … Athletes Against Bullying Club member … Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) member … Basketball coach and trainer for elementary school boys’ league at his Jewish Community Center … As a junior, served as student chair of Simon’s Fund Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention screening event.
Personal: Son of Lydia and Richard Silpe … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.