New men’s squash head coach Sean Wilkinson will be joined by a trio of fresh faces when the 2013-14 season begins. Wilkinson announced the three talented newcomers who will comprise the Princeton Class of 2017 this season.
Princeton, the two-time reigning Ivy League champion, has added Manik Datta, Michael East and Ben Leizman to a roster that includes two All-Americas (Samuel Kang and Tyler Osborne) and the 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year (Vivek Dinodia). Princeton will need to replace two graduated starters, including former national champion Todd Harrity, and it will hope for this incoming trio to join the competition for those spots.
"I'm excited to welcome all three players to Princeton in the fall," said Wilkinson, who will begin his first season this fall. "I believe that they can add depth and quality to an already strong squad. We will have a nice mix of youth and experience, and I'm excited to see what kind of team we can become."
You can read their bios below.
Delhi, India • The Scindia School
Before Princeton — ranked No. 2 at the U-17 level in India, as well as No. 9 at the U-17 level in Asia … represented India in the Asian Junior Squash Championship for last three years … placed second at Indian Junior Nationals … took fifth at Penang Junior Open in Malaysia (U-15) … placed fifth in the men’s category in the National Games … finished third in the U-19 India Junior Nationals … captained U-19 state team and led it to its first bronze medal at nationals in team history … named Best Player of the Tournament after winning Central India Squash Tournament … also competed in shooting and badminton … won gold in the Inter State and Indian Public Schools shooting competitions … School Games Captain and Prefect … member of school council … recipient of the Eklavya Award, the highest sports award given by the state government for contribution to squash in the national circuit … received the best sportsman award by the school.
Personal — born Dec. 3, 1995 … son of Rakesh Dutt Sharma and Rakhi Sharma … father is a school administrator; mother is the head of a middle school … enjoys playing the guitar, outdoor adventure activities and reading books … may study economics.
Baltimore, Md. • The Gilman School
Before Princeton — ranked No. 1 at the U-17 level and No. 5 at the U-19 level … competed for the national team at the U-13, U-15 and U-19 levels … won Boys Under-17 Nationals in 2011 … led Gilman to four MIAA and Mid-Atlantic Championships; team reached national Top 10 … two-time team captain … National Merit Scholar … Cum Laude Society Inductee.
Personal — born Sept. 23, 1994 … son of Bob and Terrie East … father is a consultant; mother is a homemaker … has a younger sister Caroline and a younger brother Charlie … both siblings have won junior national titles … may study economics at Princeton.
Pepper Pike, Ohio • University School
Before Princeton — has been ranked among national Top 5 at age level … runner-up at 2010 U.S. Junior Nationals (U-15) … finished 13-16 at 2012 U-17 Junior Nationals … played one year of high school squash; mainly played at the Cleveland Racquet Club … ranked among Top 20 at U-19 level … four-year U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete … president of the University School LoPresti Philanthropic Board … National Merit Finalist … Cum Laude Society.
Personal — born Aug. 3, 1995 … son of Daniel and Julie Leizman … father is a physician; mother is the managing director of the Power Squash Academy … father played squash at Penn … has an older sister Rachel ’16 and a younger sister Lauren … Rachel is a member of the Princeton women’s squash team and helped the Tigers win the 2013 Ivy League title … enjoys hiking, reading and doing crossword puzzles … plans to study engineering.