Blair Academy Prospect Taking Big East Trip reporter Brian Towey of the High School New York/New Jersey website has information on an area player that is visiting a Big East school ...

Patrick Hazel's blue collar streak and workmanlike approach had drawn a number of Atlantic 10 and Colonial programs into the fray for the 6-foot-7, 205 pound senior from Blair Academy this fall. Last week, Hazel's recruitment took another turn when Marquette head coach Tom Crean made the trip to New Jersey to evaluate the Queens native.

"The Marquette coaches came to school to see me play last week, "said Hazel. "After watching me play for three games, Coach Crean said that he wanted to offer me a scholarship.

We have another kid, Alexis (Wangmene), who is going to Texas. We were going at it. Afterward, we had a meeting with Coach Mantegna, Coach Crean, and his assistant, and they offered me a scholarship."

Hazel is currently on an official visit to Marquette.

"It's going really well," said Hazel. "I'm really enjoying the visit. If things keep going well, I might be ready to make a commitment."

Hazel, who attended Bayside High School in Queens for three years before transferring to Blair and reclassifying as a junior last fall, took an official visit to Rhode Island last weekend, a trip that drew a thumbs up. He has an official visit to Hofstra scheduled for next weekend, and a trip to UMass lined up for the following weekend.

The Big East Conference has held an appeal for Hazel for some time.

"When Marquette came into the picture, I got really excited, because they were the first Big East school that was really interested," said Hazel. "I hadn't gotten much attention from the Big East before that."

Hazel's game has expanded since transferring to Blair, as has his confidence. An aggressive defensive player with a good motor and a lengthy frame, Patrick's offensive skills have continued to progress under Coach Joe Mantegna at Blair. He has also worked with Rich Leary of the New Jersey Demons, travelling with that crew during the summer.

Hazel is also a very dedicated student, carrying around a 3.2 GPA.

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