A group of seniors are moving from one winning program to another.
Seven weeks after qualifying for the New England Prep School Athletic Council AA Conference Tournament, four Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys Prep Basketball players signed to play at the collegiate level on April 21 during a ceremony in Greenhalgh Gymnasium.
The school celebrated Ryan Duncan ’23 (Princeton University), Jeremiah Dorsey ’23 (Jefferson University), Jon Medley ’23 (Tufts University) and Simon Percy ’23 (Nichols Colleges) as they committed to play in college.
“Signing day is the culmination of a stressful but rewarding process,” explained WMA Boys Prep Basketball Coach Mike Mannix. “Simon, Jon, Jeremiah and Ryan all navigated this with patience and a healthy mindset. They chose the right school for themselves.”
The players will all transition to highly successful collegiate programs. Princeton reached the NCAA Division I Sweet 16, Division II Jefferson lost in its conference final, and Nichols and Tufts both played in the NCAA Division III tourney.
More quotes from Coach Mannix
On Jon: “Jon was recruited early and heavily by Tufts, and will be great there. He’s a worker with great talent.”
On Simon: “Simon was recruited by Nichols because they see him being an immediate impact player. They are a winning program, and Simon will only add to that element of their program because of his ability and character.”
On Ryan: “Ryan’s goal was to play high-level college basketball and find a great academic school. He’s obviously found one of the best with Princeton, and his love of the game will match perfectly with their program’s identity.”
On Jeremiah: “Jeremiah stayed committed to finding a great fit during a very long process. He’s the most decorated point guard we’ve had at WMA in 25 years, and he has earned every accolade. His hard work in high school has led to him having an opportunity to play for one of the best Division II programs on the East Coast at Jefferson.”
Quotes from the players
Jeremiah: “I committed to Jefferson University because of the great opportunity that they are giving me. They believe in my talents as a student-athlete and feel I would be a great representation of the school both on and off the court. Academically, Jefferson offers courses that I am interested in, which was a big part of my college decision. I am very excited to see what is in store for me. Go Rams!”
Jon: “I very much enjoyed our signing night. Having the opportunity to sign with some of my teammates was a great experience. I truly love all these guys, and I am glad we went through this momentous day with each other.”
Simon: “Going to college to play basketball has always been a dream of mine so signing was definitely a big deal for me and my family. I am thankful WMA takes it very serious as well and had a great night planned for us. I’m very excited for the opportunities I have ahead of me.”
Ryan: “I'm glad I was able to sign next to some of my teammates and see them celebrate their success. I've built great relationships with them, both on and off the court. It was also nice to have so many people come out and support our signing day. I'm definitely appreciative of WMA and grateful for the community we have here.”