James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, will welcome four freshmen to campus this fall. Eric Anderson, Sem Kroon, Makai Mason and Landon Russell bring strong credentials to New Haven. Over the next week, yalebulldogs.com will spotlight the newcomers. Today, meet Sem Kroon from Riverside, Conn., and the Northfield Mount Hermon School.
Sem Kroon • Forward • 6-10 • 240 • Riverside, Conn. • Northfield Mount Hermon School
Before Yale: Helped lead Northfield Mount Hermon to the national prep school championship in his junior season… Limited to 10 games because of injury as a senior… Nominated for McDonald's All-America honors… Ranked 13th in Massachusetts on NewEnglandRecruiting.com… Teammate of Anthony Dallier at Northfield… Played at Greenwich High School prior to enrolling at Northfield… Played for the Rhode Island Hawks AAU team in the summer of 2013… Averaged 13 points and nine rebounds and helped the Hawks to an 18-8 overall record.
Personal: Comes from a Dutch family… Only member of his family to be born in the United States… Born in La Crescenta, Calif., and moved to the East Coast when he was 13… Favorite subject in school is biology and is passionate about finding a preventative cure for certain genetically inherited disorders… Loves to cook… Son of Cecile Wijne and Pieter Kroon.
Why Yale? "Yale offers the best possible undergraduate education in the world and perfectly exemplifies the Ivy League's standards for upholding academic excellence in athletics. I know I will be pushed to excel both on the court and in the classroom. I am excited for that challenge."
Jones On Kroon: "Sem is an outstanding athlete with great size and explosiveness. I see Sem as a quality post player with a tremendous upside."
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