Football or Basketball? That is the Question

<b>Geoff McDermott</b> has a difficult decision to make, and it's only getting tougher. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound swingman and two-sport star from New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York, is now weighing high major offers in both basketball and football, and is unsure which path he will take to the college level.

  "It's a tough decision for him," said Geoff McDermott, Sr., his father. "Up until this football season, it was pretty much basketball, but after the season they had in football (things have changed)."

     Geoffrey McDermott scored 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting and he also collected 8 rebounds in a 73-61 loss to Mount Vernon on Wednesday. Providence coaches Tim Welsh and Steve Demeo were on hand for game. The Big East program extended a scholarship offer to McDermott this week.

    "For football, the schools that are interested are Syracuse, Rutgers, and Wisconsin," said McDermott. "For basketball, Providence and Villanova. Syracuse, Rutgers, and Wisconsin have offered (for football), and Providence has offered."

    A versatile player with good strength, McDermott swings from anywhere to the point to the four for his high school team. He can handle the ball in transition, sees the floor well, and is an unselfish teammate. He's a decent athlete who is active around the hoop, and shows good toughness. Physically, he appears well equipped to handle the rigors of Division I basketball. His perimeter game is one thing that needs work. McDermott will likely project from anywhere from the point to the three at the next level.

    McDermott quarterbacked the New Rochelle football team to the Class AA finals this winter before losing to Greg Paulus's Christian Brothers team in a shootout. His stock on the gridiron has gradually risen over the past year, similar to his hoops reputation.

    As a junior, McDermott was a virtual unknown on the basketball circuit. This summer, he opened some eyes playing with the New York Gauchos, and collected a steady following of mid-majors. Up until recently, schools like Drexel and Fordham appeared to be in good shape with McDermott from a basketball standpoint, before Providence got involved. At the present, football and basketball are running around "50/50", and Geoff is still very much torn as to which sport he'll play collegiately.

   "I really don't know which way I want to go," said McDermott.

   McDermott is a "B" student who should have no problem qualifying academically.


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