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Ronnie Suggs A Priority

Around this time a year ago, one-time Mizzou commit Ronnie Suggs was ready stay close to home and play for Tigers. A couple months before starting his collegiate career, Suggs would reopen his recruitment and find himself doing a post graduate year at Vermont Academy, VT.

A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Washington, MO, Suggs was easily one of the better perimeter scorers in the highly competitive NEPSAC league. Suggs now holds offers from Bradley and Campbell but still waiting to see how his recruitment plays out before making a decision.

“I can offer scoring, Said Suggs. I am very versatile on both offense and defense for just about every position. I also bring a winning attitude and a hard worker.”

Suggs possesses good length, range on his shot and a decent ball handler with sneaky athleticism. At times during the season Suggs played anywhere from the 1 to the 4 position for Vermont Academy. A player with Suggs versatility is helpful to any collegiate program.

Suggs is currently on an official Visit to Bradley this weekend. No word on any other visits planned

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Jesse Bopp of Vermont Academy takes VCU Job

Vermont Academy is proud to announce that Jesse Bopp will be the next Director of Basketball Operations at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“While we are sad to lose such an outstanding coach,” says Sean Brennan, Head of School, “I knew it was only a matter of time before Jesse would make the jump to the college level.”

After putting Vermont Academy on the map in NEPSAC – AA Basketball in 2010, Coach Jesse Bopp has made three runs to post -season play. His high intensity, up tempo style has developed a great deal of talent in only three years’ time.  Graduates from the last three years are playing at Montana, Minnesota, Manhattan, UCDavis, LeMoyne, Wesleyan, UVM, Trinity, and Skidmore.

“I am grateful for the opportunity Sean Brennan awarded me three years ago to come to a place where you have the chance to work with such special kids and colleagues,”

says Jesse Bopp, “Vermont Academy is, and will continue to be, a very special place to me. I would like to thank the players that have been a part of our basketball program for their efforts, commitment and dedication. The chance to return to VCU and work for someone who I consider a mentor is something for which I am truly appreciative. What Shaka Smart has done at VCU is unprecedented, and I am eager and humbled to begin working for him, his staff, the players and all those involved with VCU basketball.”

VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart says of Bopp, “We are extremely fortunate to add Jesse Bopp to our coaching staff as Director of Basketball Operations. He gained tremendous experience over the past three years at Vermont Academy, where he played a significant role moving student-athletes forward on and off the court.

 It is clear that Vermont Academy has been instrumental in Jesse’s development as a leader and a mentor.”Vermont Academy is pleased to announce Bopp’s successor. Cody Hatt, two year assistant coach for Vermont Academy, has been named Interim Head Coach for the 2013-14 season. Hatt played at Norwich University where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Communications. He has been instrumental in identifying and recruiting this years’ strong incoming class, and we are excited about the continuity in our program.”I know Vermont Academy is in great hands with Cody Hatt,” says Bopp.  “He is more than ready to be a head coach.  Furthermore, Sean Brennan and Vermont Academy continue to pledge their unconditional support for the program. I also have great faith in our returning players, as well as the seven newcomers joining the program, to continue to move Vermont Academy Basketball forward.


Introduction: Dimitri “D-Flo” Floras

Dimitri Floras is a 6’1 heads up, sleek point guard in the 2014 class. Floras has been known for being more of a scoring guard in previous years, really showed a vast improvement in his point guard skills. While competing on the circuit over the summer where Floras showed improvement in a couple of areas of his game, with ability to get to the basket almost effortlessly, a consistent pull up jumper and also putting his athleticism on display finishing above the rim. Look for Floras to blossom this year at Vermont Academy playing for Coach Jesse Bopp.


Daquein McNeil Commits to Florida International University

Daquein McNeil has made another positive step in the right direction; the first step took place in the summer of 2010.

When Coach Jesse Bopp was hired as the Head boys basketball coach at Vermont Academy, he began to search high and low for student athletes that had the same beliefs as he did. Competitors in the classroom as well as competitors on the basketball court.

Sunday Daquein McNeil committed to Florida International University, where he will play for coach Richard Pitino. FIU will be moving into Conference USA beginning next season, coach Pitino and staff will be receiving a player who knows what it takes to be successful and understands sacrifice.

What McNeil brings to the program? A player who knows how to create his own offence as well as create offense for others.  A Maryland native, who played his grassroots basketball with Baltimore Elite, McNeil will look to make an impact as soon as he steps foot on campus.

Look for McNeil and Vermont Academy to make a splash this season, as they have refocused and have a one team one heart beat approach


Friday 12/2/2011 Game Recap

South Kent vs Worcester Academy, on paper you would think form the big name roster would scare Worcester away, wrong they challenged South Kent from the tip.  Chris Thomas caught fire early and didnt look back he finished with 22 points, Ricardo Ledo followed with 17 points and 9 rebounds.  Worcester was lead by the sharp shooting of Matt Cimino finished with 6 three pointers and a game high 24 points, Cimino had 4G reception as he knocked them down from all over, Rene Castro chipped in with 12 points and 8 assist.  South Kent proved to be to much down the stretch as the pulled out the win 84 -75


New Hampton played there first home game today in front of a packed student body, as the faced a tough Winchendon school.  The game was all it was hyped up to be as Winchendon’ s Akosa Maduegbunam kept his team in the game as he got hot from the outside.  But Winchendon ended up losing to New Hampton. Zach Auguste led the scoring load for NHS with  17 pts,  Evan Manning with 15 pts, Jared Terrell 15 pts, Mike Auger 12 pts,  Noah Vonleh 7 pts and 15 Rebs. Oliver Hanlan currently still on the injured list.   New Hampton 79 Winchendon 69


KUA defeats Master’s School tonight 67-43. “Cats jumped out to leads of 8-0, 12-3. 18-4 and, eventually 32-8 in the first half. A quick Master’s spurt just before half trimmed the lead to 34-15 going into the break. Master’s never got closer than 17 points in the second half. Jesse Chuku and Malik Abdul-Abu paced KUA scoring with 17 points each while Devon Thomas chipped in 15 points and five assists. Chuku earned a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.



Vermont Academy defeats Putnam Science Academy 65-59 the game was a battle from start to finish,  Dominic Woodson made his presence felt bulling his way to easy baskets whenever he felt like it he finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.   Putnam Science came with half of the international student body who cheered the entire game, at some points in the game making it tough on coach Bopp to communicate with his players. Vermont  was led  Shaun Lawton 19 points, 5 assists he has the tools to make an impact at the next level, this is our first look at Lawton he will certainly move up in ranking.