McDermott Picks the Friars

Providence College received good news on Monday night when it's number one Spring recruiting target, Geoff McDermott, verbally committed to the Friars, and Friar Insider Editor Dan Petronella broke the story for Friar fans Monday night.

McDermott had been in Providence over the weekend, competing at JamFest, and called the staff Monday evening to inform them of his decision.

Geoff, a 6'6, 220 pound "point forward", is a versatile performer who has seen his stock rise in meteoric fashion over his senior season.

Last summer, McDermott was a little used reserve on New York's Gauchos AAU squad, but as a senior, he helped lead New Rochelle High to one of it's greatest seasons. He scored 30 points and had 11 rebounds in a January win over Texas-bound C.J. Miles and Skyline High. McDermott averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists per game, as New Rochelle lost only once in the Westchester County League, won the league championship, and then advanced through the New York state playoffs, losing to Niagara Falls High in the championship game.

McDermott's basketball development was slowed by his attention to football. A top notch quarterback, Geoff received scholarship offers from Syracuse and Rutgers, among others, to take to the gridiron. It wasn't until recently that he decided that his future was in basketball.

Providence's Tim Welsh and assistant Steve DeMeo were early suitors for McDermott, as attention for his hardwood exploits grew. Offers from Pittsburgh and Rutgers followed, and then a true heavyweight, Duke, got involved. McDermott took a visit to Durham a few weeks ago, and received an offer from the Blue Devils.

What had once appeared to be an easy decision suddenly became a difficult one. It's not easy to turn down an offer from Duke. In addition, Boston College got involved late and made a big push for Geoff's services.

In the end, McDermott felt most comfortable at Providence. While coaches are not allowed to comment on a recruit until they are signed, McDermott, perhaps speaking phropetically on Saturday, said, "I grew up following the Big East, and I love the Big East. I'm looking forward to competing in the new Big East."

McDermott can sign his letter of intent on Wednesday, April 13th, and will join a class that includes Jon Kale and Weyinmi Efejuku. PC still has two scholarships available, and is said to be looking for a point guard and a shooting wing.

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