Brian McKenzie to Big East

Brian McKenzie was looking at Ivy's for a while, but then he decided he wanted the best of both worlds - the best combination of academics and basketball. The Xaverian (N.Y.) shooting guard has made up his mind.

Today was spirit day for Brian McKenzie at Xaverian (N.Y.) – and the sharp-shooting senior guard is in good spirits after committing to Providence.

McKenzie, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior shooting guard, chose the Friars over George Washington.

``After taking all my visits and sitting down with my parents and Coach (Jack) Alesi last night, Providence gave me the best combination of academics and the opportunity to play at the highest level. It was the best fit for me."

McKenzie, who had Ivy League grades, also considered Seton Hall, Rhode Island and Boston University.

``I think it came down to academics," said Leroy McKenzie, Brian's father. "Providence is rated as the number three school in the east as far as liberal arts is concerned."

``He also wanted to play in the Big East," the elder McKenzie added. "He wanted the best of both worlds."

Providence was McKenzie's fifth and final visit this past weekend.

``All of the visits were great and I liked all of the coaching staffs," Brian McKenzie said. "But I liked the staff and the way they played at Providence. That was key. Both of my parents were also extremely comfortable with the staff at Providence."

It also didn't hurt that McKenzie knew Providence freshman and New York natives Geoff McDermott and Weyinmi Efejuku.

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