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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.