Three Pelican alumni are playing important roles for their Division I college teams at the Camping World Maui Invitational, an eight-team basketball tournament that began on Monday, November 30.
Nelson Boachie-Yiadom ‘18, a forward at Davidson College; Jaiden Delaire ’19, a forward at Stanford University; and Reece Brown ’20, a forward at UNLV, all have contributed significant playing time in the tournament.
In Davidson’s first game of the tournament on Monday, Nelson and the Wildcats lost a 78-76 nail-biter to Texas, which is ranked 17th in the country, and then lost their second game by a single point on Tuesday against Providence College. In those two games, Nelson played at total of 20 minutes, scored three points, and recorded a rebound and a steal. He and the Wildcats play today against Reece and the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV at 9 p.m. on ESPN 2.
UNLV took on 14th-ranked University of North Carolina in its first game of the tournament, and then faced Alabama. A true freshman, Reece has recorded eight minutes and posted a block, a rebound, and a steal.
Jaiden and his Stanford team defeated Alabama in their first game before falling to North Carolina in their second game. They will take on Indiana today at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN to determine which team captures third place.
Nelson, Jaiden, and Reece all played together during the 2017-2018 season at Loomis, one of the more successful seasons in program history. That year, Jaiden was named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year, earned an All-NEPSAC First Team Nomination, and was name a top 100 recruit in the nation. Nelson served as captain of the team and was named to the All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention team. Last year as a senior, Reece helped the boys basketball team capture the Class A NEPSAC title.