McCroskey Picks Syracuse

It's funny how things work out and rule changes affect situations. On Monday, Louie McCroskey committed to play in the Big East and here's how it happened.

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St. Raymond star Louie McCroskey was ever so close to committing to Rutgers in July. In fact, his high school coach thought Rutgers would get the commitment during ABCD Camp. Didn't happen and now things are entirely different.

"Before [ABCD] Camp, he wanted to go to Rutgers," St. Ray's coach Gary DeCesare said. "With the new rule, he couldn't talk to Rutgers and they couldn't talk to us." Obviously, the lack of communication for the one-week period affected McCroskey's recruitment, but how?

Well, McCroskey was on the camp team of Syracuse-bound small forward Demetris Nichols. By having to watch Nichols' games, Jim Boeheim became enamored with McCroskey. As the period was closing, McCroskey played in the Empire State Games at the Carrier Dome and that was it. By the end of July, he had a Syracuse offer.

On Monday, he committed to the Orangemen.

Last year, he averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds as he took the place of an injured Allen Ray for most of the year. Last month, McCroskey's NY Ravens team captured the Big Time championship. In the past three years, the Ravens have lost just three games at the Big Time.

"He's a jack of all trades guy," DeCesare said. "I think he's very versatile and I think those players do well at Syracuse."

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