By Max Sass, Assistant Coach
Over 15 former Wesleyan Cardinals stepped back onto the court in Silloway Gymnasium Saturday morning to challenge the current squad and give back to their alma mater as part of the men's basketball program's alumni day.
All four of the 1,000-point scorers that Head Coach Joe Reilly has recruited in his four graduated recruiting classes, came back for the occasion. The program's all-time leading scorer Shasha Brown '13, was joined by classmates Mike Callaghan and Derick Beresford, plus the Cardinals' most recent inductee into the 1,000-point club, BJ Davis '16.
"We are not a team, we are a program," senior captain Harry Rafferty said, "and so much of that is on the backs of our alumni that came out today and those who couldn't make it. Everything that we have accomplished in the past few years is a tribute to these former Wesleyan basketball players that gave this program their sweat, commitment and effort and currently give back with their time, finances and mentorship."
Davis' classmates from last year's senior class, Rashid Epps and Joe Edmonds, joined him for the game. Davis, Epps, Edmonds and Jack Mackey graduated with the most successful back-to-back campaigns in program history, winning a Cardinal-record 37 games over their final two seasons. They also capped their final two years with a NESCAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015, and a Little Three title in 2016.
Peter Alberding, a 1,000-point scorer and father of current Wesleyan freshman Jack Alberding, represented the class of 1989.
"It was an awesome experience to step on the court with my father," Jack said. "More importantly though, getting to meet and interact with the other alums who helped build this program to what it is today, really inspires me to have the best four years possible as a Cardinal."