Danielle Cosgrove of Sachem East on Monday, March 27, 2017,...

Danielle Cosgrove of Sachem East on Monday, March 27, 2017, verbally committed to Notre Dame. Credit: James Escher

Danielle Cosgrove says she always dreamed of attending Notre Dame.

She took a step toward realizing that dream Monday night when she committed to continue her basketball career with the Fighting Irish after she graduates from Sachem East in 2018.

The 6-4 junior said she received offers from other noteworthy programs such as Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Florida, South Carolina, Colorado and Louisville.

“Our relationship grew quicker than most,” Cosgrove said of Notre Dame. “The fact that I was drawn to the school even before they started talking to me was definitely a big part of that.”

The Fighting Irish showed interest later than most, making an offer about four months ago, but when they did, Cosgrove knew she had the chance of a lifetime.

Notre Dame reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Stanford, 76-75.

A member of Newsday’s 2016 and 2017 All-Long Island teams, Cosgrove is a dual threat. The Flaming Arrows have mostly used her size advantage and assortment of moves in the low post, but her shooting range extends outside. Sachem East coach Brent Lawrence said Notre Dame is considering Cosgrove as a stretch-4, and he plans on giving her the opportunity to play more on the perimeter during her senior season.

The prospect of shooting more at the next level is something Cosgrove is eager to try. “I’ve spent most of my high school career in the post, double- or triple-teamed and kind of getting hacked all the time,” she said. “It’s exciting to know that when I get to college, I won’t have to play against three people.”

Cosgrove has led the Flaming Arrows in scoring each of the past three seasons. The four-year starter has averaged a double-double three straight years, producing 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.

Playing for the Philadelphia Belles, a premier AAU Tournament team, has given her exposure to top competition and college scouts, and she said her “IQ has gone up basketball-wise so much with the Belles.”

Her family mostly stayed out of the decision process, she said, but showed support by immediately ordering Notre Dame gear, which arrived in the mail yesterday.

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