NY Guard Still Open In His Recruiting Process

Reporter Mike Sullivan has story on New York City guard Darius Gabriel ...

It was only a few years ago that the name Darius Gabriel carried a lot of spark in the recruiting world. Gabriel, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard who hails from the great basketball area of New York City, was dodging and darting between defenders at a very young age. The reputation was big.

Over the past couple of years, his name is still very much on the mouths of college coaches and scouts. Now at Winchendon Prep in Massachusetts, Gabriel is trying to work even harder to convince colleges he is worthy of a scholarship from their schools.

College coaches seem convinced he can play college basketball very effectively. The important part for Darius is to stabilize his classroom situation and be ready academically.

Gabriel competed for the Long Island Lightning this past weekend at the Joe Brown Memorial Tournament held on the campus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Darius showed he can direct an offense effectively and score points in traffic.

In some pool games, the Lightning were depleted roster wise due to summer school commitments. So Gabriel looked like he had to carry a big part of the offense on his shoulders.

His list consists of schools like Tennessee, Boston College, Rhode Island, and Duquesne. Maybe this list will change as the months pass and Gabriel has a better idea on where he stands school wise.

But Darius can play. "I am just trying to get stronger and improve everything in my game," he said over the weekend.

"I am open in my recruiting too. When we get our players back our team will be better. But you can't worry about that."

Gabriel will continue to play for the Lightning this summer.

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