Corey Hassan Opts for the City

Corey Hassan went from a guy who had no D-1 interest to one that had a dozen offers on the table virtually overnight. A half-dozen more high-majors wanted him to go the prep school route, but the shooting guard decided to end his recruitment on Monday.

Corey Hassan doesn't have all that much to do in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Soon, that will change.

The 6-3 ½, 190-pound senior guard from Merrimack High (N.H.), who literally shot his way into a Division 1 scholarship offer down in Orlando at the Super Showcase and AAU Nationals, committed to Boston University on Monday.

``Every second, there's something to do," Hassan said. "Not a lot of people around here play basketball, so usually I'm either shooting by myself, hanging with my friends or doing nothing."

Hassan went into Orlando with a lone scholarship offer – from D-2 Southern New Hampshire – and came out with offers from a dozen schools, including New Hampshire, Vermont, Binghamton, Canasius, High Point, Wofford and Central Connecticut State.

Schools such as Boston College, Providence, N.C. State, Penn State and Virginia Tech all showed interest and many of them said they would offer him a scholarship after a year in prep school.

But after taking an official visit to BU this past weekend, he chose the Terriers.

``I really liked all the guys on the team," added Hassan. "They have a lot of good players and the coaching staff is unbelievable. They have a lot of personality."

Hassan is a big-time perimeter shooter who has already added two inches to his vertical after working with a trainer since returning from Orlando.

``He just turned 17, so physically, he's going to grow so much as a player," NH Playerz coach Matt Desfosses said. "He's really just starting to tap into his potential. He's one of the best shooters I've seen in the country and that includes all the top-ranked players. The only difference between Corey and them is their athletic ability, but that's going to come in time."

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