It's The Ivies For Brooklynite

Dartmouth hasn't tapped into the New York City talent pool since they brought Vedad Osmanovic on board from Manhattan's Dwight School a few years back, but they're at it again.

The Big Green has received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-8, 215 pound power forward / center Jarrett Mathis from The Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, according to Ken Coard, the coach at Berkshire. For Mathis, a native of Brooklyn who played for his father at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx before moving on to Berkshire, this has been in the works for some time.

"This was what he wanted to do going into the end of last year - get his SAT scores up so he could go to Dartmouth," said Coard. "On the first day of registration this fall, he committed."

Mathis, a postgraduate, had received a scholarship offer from Maryland Eastern-Shore last year and fielded interest from other programs, but ultimately, it was the academic component that made Dartmouth so alluring.

"I think it's a perfect fit," said Coard. "He is the class president here. He thought- and I agreed- that it would make sense for him to go somewhere that would really help him beyond college, where you could kind of get the best of both worlds."

Coard gave some insight into Mathis' game.

"He's very, very long, and has a nice touch out to about the three-point line," said Coard. "He's a guy who is fundamentally sound. He gets off the floor well. He's a lefty, and he's got an unorthodox style."

Mathis is a recognizable name in New York City basketball circles not only because of Jarrett's father, Johnny, who was the longtime coach at Kennedy, but also for his older brother J.C., a former Bronx high school standout who now plays for Tommy Amaker at Michigan.

Jarrett competed on the AAU circuit with Bounce NYC and Dyckman.

Coard's Berkshire program has attracted a number of New York City players the past couple of years, notably current St. Peter's guard Kaimondre Owes. Mathis will be flanked by two other New Yorkers, 6-foot-4 190 pound combo guard Jamel Ferguson, and 6-foot-6 215 pound power forward Damion Marshall. Ferguson, a senior who had played previously at St. John's Prep, in Astoria, Queens, is a "crafty" combo guard who had gotten feelers from LaSalle. Marshall, a postgraduate who attended Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx as a prep, is billed as a strong and athletic four-man.


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