A pair of Newsday All-Long Island first-teamers committed to Division I basketball programs during this past weekend.
Northport’s Lukas Jarrett signed his letter of intent with Lafayette and Baldwin’s Shane Gatling pledged to Niagara.
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Jarrett, who averaged 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while leading Northport to the Suffolk AA semifinals, had planned on spending a prep year at The Hun School in Princeton next year. Northport coach Andrew D’Eloia said Lafayette had been interested in the 6-7 forward for a while, but they were hoping he would commit and join their incoming class in 2017. That changed within the last few weeks, according to D’Eloia, after a spot on next year’s team became available.
Jarrett signed his letter of intent Friday at Northport.
“No one deserves it more than Lukas,” D’Eloia said. “He’s an extremely hard worker and tremendous student, so it’s a perfect fit.”
Gatling, who averaged 17.5 points and helped Baldwin reach the Class AA state semifinals, said Niagara began to show interest about two months ago. Wright State and Murray State also showed interest, according to Jay David, Gatling’s AAU coach with the New York Jayhawks.
Niagara, which went 7-25 last season, offered the 6-2 guard a scholarship about two weeks ago.
“I looked up the school, looked up everything,” Gatling said. “They offered me and I did more research and wanted to visit. I visited and loved the campus and the coaching staff and the dorms and all that.”
He committed Sunday.
Gatling said he and Niagara coach Chris Casey discussed the possibility of using 2016-17 as a redshirt year.
“I like the idea but I don’t like it at the same time because I feel like I could play on that team and have a positive impact on it,” Gatling said. “But if I do redshirt there’s a positive to it. I can get bigger, faster, stronger, and I’ll also be in college for five years so I can go for my master’s in my fifth year.”
Former Half Hollow Hills West star Emile Blackman transferred from Niagara to Duquesne in April.