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Etienne Featured in Sports Illustrated

June 2, 2017

On Thursday Jyles Etienne added to his remarkable legacy by becoming the first Stony Brook athlete to be featured in Sports Illustrated. Several Stony Brook alumni have graced the pages of the esteemed publication during their collegiate career, including Robin Lingle ’60, but no Brooker had earned inclusion during their high school career.

Etienne was featured in SI‘s “Faces in the Crowd” section, a regular component of the magazine since 1956. Its purpose for more than 60 years has been recognizing top amateur athletes, many of whom have gone on to greatness including Magic Johnson, Tim Tebow, Andy Roddick, and Jack Nicklaus.

One other Blue & White great made their way into “Faces in the Crowd” 29 years ago. In 1988 Ann Marie Wycoff ’85 was included in the magazine after winning four individual titles for West Point at the NCAA Division II Swimming Championships.

Here is the blurb on Etienne:

Jyles Etienne | Nassau, Bahamas | Basketball/Track and Field

Etienne, a recent grad of The Stony Brook (N.Y.) School, had 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 45-27 win over Millbrook to lead the Bears to their first NYSPHSAA final four. He then high-jumped a meet record 6′ 8 3/4″ to win the USATF national indoors in New York City. Next year Etienne will jump at Indiana.

On March 11th Etienne helped lead the boys’ basketball team where it had never been before: the State Final Four. He set the tone early, scoring a tough reverse layup for the game’s first basket, blocking two shots on Millbrook’s next possession, and finishing the ensuing fast break with a put back. His double-double, coupled with 6 blocks, powered the Bears to a 45-27 win. The very next day, he took the high jump title at the Hershey Youth Indoor National Championship by an astonishing six inches.

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Sports Illustrated

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