Citadel basketball has received a verbal commitment from Nadi Beciri, a 6-7, 240-pound post player from Bergen (N.J.) Catholic High School.
Beciri averaged 18.6 ppg and 11.5 rebounds for a team that went 20-5 last year, shooting 57 percent from the floor. He made first-team all-Bergen County and scored 1,017 points in his career.
“He had a monster senior year for us,” said Bergen Catholic coach Billy Armstrong, who played college ball at Davidson. “We play really tough inner-city, parochial school schedule, so he’s been battle tested against some of the top teams in the country.
“He’s a traditional, back to the basket throwback player. I tell people he’s a poor man’s Kevin McHale — square shoulders, long arms, strong hands. He’s great at eating up space in the post. If he was an inch taller, or could jump a little higher, he’d be a high major D-I player.”
Armstrong said Beciri had a host of offers from local Division II schools and late interest from Wagner and Long Island U.
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Citadel wrestlers won three of their first five matches in the early going Thursday at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The 3-2 start was highlighted by an upset scored by the Bulldogs’ Matt Frisch, a redshirt sophomore from Oxford, Mich. He shocked No. 2 seed Nick Dardanes (32-5) of Minnesota by an 8-5 decision.
With The Citadel’s spring football game set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium, I caught up with new coach Mike Houston for an update on spring practice.
“We’ve improved steadily every day,” he said. “We are not where we want to be, but we are better than we were three weeks ago. We are learning how to practice, how to play physical and to play fast. And, we’re learning new schemes, so we’re getting there.”