Joe Mazzulla Update

Friar Insider likes to keep tabs on Rhode Island high school basketball players who have a shot at playing at a high Division One level, and we recently caught up with Joe Mazzulla, outstanding point guard for Bishop Hendricken and the Rhode Island Breakers.

Local product Joe Mazzulla (6-2/185, Johnston, RI) just won the 4x400 state track championship, but it's his basketball recruitment that's the issue as he enters the summer heading into his senior year.

After debating whether or not to go to prep school next season, Mazzulla and his father Dan have decided that he will graduate from Bishop Hendricken in the spring of 2006. As it stands now, it will be college, not a post-grad year, in the fall of ‘06.

Joe also decided to travel the summer circuit again with the Rhode Island Breakers after being sought out by the New England Playaz. He will attend ABCD Camp the week of July 4th and says he is hoping to get some more Big East and ACC looks once summer ends.

For now, his top five schools are Rhode Island, West Virginia, Penn, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. West Virginia is hosting him for an official until Tuesday. He has offers from URI, WVU and Penn, and says the last two schools have been in contact more as of late.

"I'd like to go somewhere where I can contribute and be in an offense that allows me to improvise. If I went to URI, Jimmy (Baron) and I already have good chemistry. West Virginia is a good Big East school, and Penn would let me run track and play football also."

Where in-state Providence stands with him took a turn when they picked up their verbal from Corey Lowe.

"They took me off their list, I didn't take them off mine," Mazzulla said. "That's where I wanted to go, but it's alright, it will only make me stronger."

Mazzulla says he plans on having a decision for the fall signing period and wants to use all his official visits.

Joe has a 3.9 core GPA and has a score in the 1400s on the SAT.

(Editor's Note: Mazzulla verballed to West Virginia on Tuesday, June 14th.)

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