South Kent School March Madness Connections
First, from NJ.com, “Final Four 2013: The “Odd Couple,” Louisville’s Russ Smith and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas,” writer Brendan Prunty recounts the building of the friendship between Louisville’s Russ Smith and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas.
Although Stauskas transferred from SKS and finished at St. Mark’s school the two remain friends.
“…would you believe that Louisville’s Russ Smith and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas are college basketball’s version of “The Odd Couple?”
Believe it. They are.
‘Russ is a good guy,’ Stauskas said. ‘I am really happy for them, that he has blown up on the national stage and everyone knows who he is.’
‘Nik is one of my best friends since prep school,’ Smith said. ‘He’s going to be really awesome.’
This unlikely story of two unlikely friends got its start at South Kent Prep school in Connecticut almost four years ago. Smith had just arrived on campus after four years at Archbishop Malloy High School in New York City, trying to boost what was a stagnant college recruiting stock. That same year, a lanky kid from Ontario, Canada came to the school as a sophomore…” (NJ.com)
I also found this story on the South Kent site, “SKS Alumni in 2013 March Madness.” Five SKS alumni played in this year tournament and former SKS basketball coach Raphael Chillious made it to the tourney as a Villanova assistant.