Kents Hill Boys Basketball has come a long way since its inception in 1894, just three years after the invention of the game in Springfield, MA in 1891. The basement of Ricker Hall, now the home of the school bookstore, was once the basketball gymnasium where players had to maneuver around support posts. Needless to say, this was a huge advantage for the home team. From those humble beginnings the sport has grown at Kents Hill, moving from there to Newton Gymnasium until 2001 when the new Alfond Athletics Center was constructed. In 2002, Kents Hill joined the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference for Boys Basketball and has competed in both Class B and more recently, Class C. The current goals of the program are to play a competitive schedule against other prep opponents and to play the game with intensity, intelligence and sportsmanship.
Kents Hill has had two recent graduates move on to Division I programs. Nikko Acosta, a graduate of the class of 2007 and a 6’9” center, now plays for Lamar University, a member of last year's NCAA tournament field. In addition, Sam Sigal, Kents Hill Student Athletic Director and Director of Basketball Operations until his graduation in ’07, served on the managerial staff at West Virginia and after transferring in 2010, Rider University.