Kian Dalyrimple committed to Vermont Thursday, he and Half Hollow Hills West coach Bill Mitaritonna said.
Dalyrimple, a 6-5 sharpshooter who averaged 18.1 points per game and led Suffolk with a school-record 73 three-pointers last season, is the sixth player from Newsday’s 2015-16 All-Long Island team to commit to a Division I program.
Long Island Lutheran’s Devonte Green (Indiana), Northport’s Lukas Jarrett (Lafayette), Baldwin’s Shane Gatling (Niagara), Brentwood’s Michael Almonacy (Stony Brook) and Jamel Allen (Iona) also have pledged to Division I schools.
Dalyrimple is the second member of Hills West’s 2015-16 team to commit to play college basketball. Richard Altenord accepted an offer from LIU Post earlier in the week, Mitaritonna said.
“I really like the program up there (at Vermont),” Dalyrimple said. “There’s a bunch of nice guys on the team and the coaching staff. It’s not too far, not too close to home.”
In March, Dalyrimple planned on attending prep school next year, hoping to garner more college interest. No Division I program had offered him a scholarship for the 2016-17 season.
But members of Vermont’s coaching staff watched him in an AAU game in April and invited him to the Burlington campus to work out with the team, he said. Dalyrimple said he felt comfortable in the environment, and when he received a scholarship offer on Wednesday for 2016-17, he needed just one day to make his decision.
“Obviously I was really glad to have gotten an offer,” he said. “I wanted to take the time to let it sink in, talk to my family about it. I called coach (John Becker) back (Thursday) and told him I was in.”
Vermont went 23-14 last year and earned a bid to the College Basketball Invitational after losing to Stony Brook in the America East championship. The Catamounts return nearly every key player from a team that shot 38.2 percent from long range.
Dalyrimple, who won’t turn 18 until December, should fit right in.
“You watch all these college basketball games and you never see a team that has a pure shooter,” Mitaritonna said. “There’s only a few teams that have one. This kid’s a pure shooter.”