Joshua “JT” Papa ’17 has had an excellent career as a student-athlete at Forman School, and his final season on the Varsity Basketball team just got sweeter. On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Papa reached his 1,000th point in a home game against Christian Heritage School. In fact, he’s up to 1,002.
The last person to achieve this was Jay Zanios ’89 in his final year at Forman, and he ended his season with a record 1,017 points. With a number of games still to come this season, Director of Athletics Scott McCarty ’76 believes Papa will surpass this number. “It's been a privilege watching JT play basketball for his four years. He's a great young man and a very good basketball player,” he said.
Head Coach John Strawson added, “JT's thousandth point was a hard-earned and well-deserved accomplishment. This milestone is a testament to his consistent hard work and dedication. It is even more impressive when you consider that he is the consummate team player. Forman basketball is incredibly proud of JT.”
Last year, Papa was selected for the All-HVAL (Housatonic Valley Athletic League) First Team and the First Team All-New England. He was also named as a Forman Athlete of the Week. He ended that impressive season with an average of 25.4 points, four steals, and five rebounds per game.
Papa was honored and humbled to mark the accomplishment with cheers from the audience, hugs from his family and friends, and a commemorative tee shirt, which his father also donned. “It's truly a blessing to score my 1,000th point here at Forman. Playing for Coach Strawson for four years has been amazing; I couldn't have asked for a better coach,” he said. “I would like to thank Mr. Man for accepting me into Forman freshman year and letting me have the opportunity to achieve this goal in my basketball career. I also would like to thank my coaches: Coach Strawson, Coach Crossman, and Coach Kelsey. I would like to thank my father, grandpa, and grandma for always coming to all my games and supporting me. Finally, I would like to thank my girlfriend for always practicing with me in the gym and keeping me focused for every practice and game.”
Watch JT score his 1,000th point below:
View photos from the game here.