Early Commitment for Hoops

Although he can't sign a letter of intent until the early signing period in November, Rhode Island's Joe Mazzulla has given West Virginia's men's basketball team a verbal commitment.

Mazzulla, a 6-2 point guard from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, R.I., will be a senior this ccoming year, and will joing the WVU squad in 2006-07.

Mazzulla averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and 2.5 steals a game this past season, earning all-state honors. He was als named Rhode Island's state Gatorade Player of the Year. He has helped lead Bishop Henricken to the past two state basketball titles in Division 1 (large class). He was the MVP of the state playoffs this past season, posting 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the championship game.

Mazzulla, also plays soccer and won the Rhode Island state championship in the 400-meter dash the past two seasons. He recorded a time of 49.77 last month to win the state meet, and he also helped Henricken to a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay (3:28.37).

Like most other Mountaineers under head coach John Beilein, Mazulla is accomplished in the classroom as well. He carries a a 3.9 GPA and a 1,400 SAT.

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