Played collegiately for 4 years as a power forward under coach John Calipari at UMASS. Earned Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year in 1995 as an All-American.
Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1995 and played in the NBA for both the Pistons and the Warriors. Played professionally in Spain, Italy, South Korea, Mexico and Argentina over a 10+ year pro career.
Played in college at Villanova under coach Jay Wright where he was a 4 year starter and Team Captain.
6’-10” Center has been a go-to big man on teams in Italy, France, Israel, Turkey, Hungary, Spain, and most recently for the elite Al Wasl Sportsclub in Dubai.
Brother of UCONN Hall of Famer and WNBA All-Star Nykesha Sales.
JV Head Coach
6’-10” Center / Power Forward, played 3 years at UMASS finishing up his college career at McNeese State.
Played professionally in Greece.
Member of the Putnam staff as Dean of Students and returning Assistant Coach from last year under Coach William Shepard.
BEST OF LUCK TO OUR LEGENDARY FORMER COACH
On his retirement from Putnam Academy
Coach Shep was the cornerstone of the Putnam program for 12 years and his contributions were enormous. As eloquently said by Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno "His legacy will not only live on as being one of Springfield’s great all-time coaches with multiple state Division I championships, but even more importantly, his legacy is strong in mentoring his and our young men in excelling not only on the court but off the court, too."
Coach Shep's on-court achievements were plentiful as well:
Back to Back Division 1 State Champions in 2013 and 2014
5 Western MassChampionships
4-Time State Division 1 Finalist
Mentored 5 different Lahovich Award winners.
Thanks for everything you have meant to Putnam basketball Coach Shepard.
"I don't think you can compare his leadership to anyone ... his leadership is second to none."
Dwayne Early - Athletic Director of Springfield Public Schools