Two-time Register All-State boys basketball player Byron Breland III has decided to transfer from Hillhouse and enroll at Hamden Hall.
Breland helped the Academics win consecutive Class LL state championships, the latter team finishing No. 1 in the final Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 poll at 28-1. This is the first notable transfer into the Hamden Hall program since Sean Doherty was named head coach in late April, replacing David Beckerman.
Doherty confirmed that Breland will reclassify as a junior.
“I’m really excited to have him for two years,” Doherty said. “I want to welcome him and his family back to Hamden Hall (Breland attended Hamden Hall before coming to Hillhouse). His brother graduated from here.”
Doherty indicated that “the process started when the family reached out to me. They were actively looking at other prep schools. I’m glad they chose Hamden Hall.”
Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton confirmed having conversations with Breland’s mother, Sabrina, that the family was actively looking for Breland to transfer.
“Outside of wishing the family the best, you always feel the effects of losing a kid and a player of that caliber,” Sutton said. “It’s definitely a blow, but in saying that, we will have to bring another player up (to varsity) who will need to deliver.”
Breland, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 15.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for the reigning Southern Connecticut Conference champions.
“He’s a proven offensive talent,” Doherty said. “I want to try and refine his game and help him get to that next level, which I know he wants to get to.”
That leaves a big void for the Academics to fill. The program already lost guards Joey Kasperzyk, also a two-time All-Stater, and Tyler Douglas to graduation.
“You hate for it to be this way, but it happens to everybody,” Sutton said. “We’ve gotten some kids by transfer and we’ve lost some kids by transfer.”
It also leaves a void on the defending Class M state champion football team. Breland played defensive back and was also the kicker.