March 19, 2021 — During March Madness, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball tournament, it’s a tradition for fans to predict the winners of each matchup by filling out “brackets” before the games begin. This year, NMH fans will not only be watching their brackets, they’ll also have their eyes on several alumni who are playing for a few of the 68 college teams in the tournament.
As the tournament’s first round started today, NMH fans can cheer on Zach Light ’18 of Colgate University, Andrew Platek ’17 of the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Michael Jankovich ’19 of the University of Kansas. Colgate, ranked #14, faces the third-ranked Arkansas today. Tonight, UNC takes on Wisconsin, and on Saturday, Kansas goes up against Eastern Washington.
While not part of the NCAA championship, another NMH alum, Kellan Grady ’17 of Davidson College, reached his 2,000th college-career point on Thursday night in a National Invitation Tournament game against winner NC State, 75-61.
NMH’s boys varsity basketball program has long since funneled players to top-ranked college teams, including the Ivy League.
The NMH boys basketball program has sent more student-athletes to play in the Ivy League than all the combined high schools of any state in the U.S. besides California and Texas, and more than three times any other high school in the United States. Just last year, Class of 2020 graduates from NMH matriculated to Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Cornell. During the 2021–22 season, there will be an NMH alum playing in every Ivy League game — 14 alums on seven teams. Over the last 10 years, 33 NMH alums have captained college teams in the Ivy League and beyond — UPenn, Dartmouth, Bowdoin, and Trinity.
This year, Brown, Columbia, Emory, and the University of Rochester are among the top-tier colleges that have so far pursued male basketball players graduating in NMH’s Class of 2021. Other colleges and universities that NMH boys basketball players will matriculate to include the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), the University of Chicago, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas at Austin.