Estwick Discusses His Decision To Fordham

Dereck Whittenburg has made a priority of recruiting from strong high school programs steeped in tradition, and if Fordham's last two commits are any indicator, the Atlantic 10 program's relationship with one metro area power appears to be deepening ...

On Wednesday night, Alberto Estwick, a 6-foot-3, 178 pound junior shooting guard from St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, made a verbal commitment to the Bronx program, joining his backcourt mate Jio Fontan, who pledged to Fordham last week. Estwick visited the school's campus on Wednesday, and it just felt right.

"When I visited the school's campus, they said that they were offering a business administration major, and that's what I want to major in," said Estwick. "The campus is good, the atmosphere is good, I liked the people; it just seemed like the right fit."

Fordham is getting a player who has flown under the radar somewhat, despite playing for the legendary Bob Hurley in a high-profile program. Estwick was the seventh man on a roster heavy with Division I talent.

"It's a steal for Fordham," said St. Anthony assistant coach Rob Rizzo, who also coaches Estwick with the Westchester Hawks AAU team. "He's a totally unknown player because of the guys ahead of him in the rotation. There weren't enough minutes for him that he could have gotten somewhere else. For that reason, college coaches didn't know how good he was. You'd have to see him in AAU or see us in practice. Had he not committed to Fordham and waited, he probably would have gone higher than the Atlantic 10."

Along with the strong pedigree and scoring touch that Estwick brings to the table, college coaches were drawn to his upside.

"He's got a huge wingspan and he's a good shooter- a pure shooter," said Rizzo. "But he's not just a shooter. He can get to the rim and score, he's very athletic, and very bright."

The opportunity to play with buddy Fontan at a local program sweetened the pot for Estwick. And as for Fordham, they continue to make inroads with metro area talent.

"I think Coach Whittenburg liked the fact that we came from a winning program," said Estwick. "And he hopes we can bring that tradition to Fordham."

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