L-R: JT Papa '17 and Luke Willson '17
After playing in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) Championship, Forman School basketball stars JT Papa ’17 and Luke Willson ’17 were named to the All-HVAL First Team. The two student-athletes, who have been vital to the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team’s success, were also recognized in the region. The New England Prep School Men’s Basketball Association (NEPSMBA) recently named their 2016-’17 New England Boys’ Class D All-Stars, with Papa being selected for the First Team and Willson making Honorable Mention.
Papa has made headlines this year for breaking the school record of 1,017 points in his career. Head Coach John Strawson says, “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 tapped for the All-HVAL First Team and the First Team All-New England. He has also been named a Forman Athlete of the Week twice.
Willson has been a key player for the Forman Lions and has been seen as a leader on the team. Strawson says, “Every coach wants someone like Luke on their team. Beyond his athletic ability, he is simply a pleasure to coach. He is well-respected by opposing players and coaches, always striving to improve, and has a tremendous work ethic that is chiefly responsible for his success on the basketball court. Luke was a strong physical presence on the court for us this season, leading the team in rebounds. He fully deserves the honor of representing Forman School on the HVAL First Team with teammate JT Papa.” Last year, Willson was named Forman Athlete of the Week and was chosen for the All-HVAL Second Team.
This news comes shortly after the announcement earlier this month that three athletes from the championship-winning Forman Girls’ Varsity Basketball team were named All-Stars. Congratulations to all of our All-Stars for this honor!
To learn more about Forman School athletics, visit www.formanschool.org/athletics.