D3 Commitment Catch-Up
This is an article catching you up on some of the recent small college commitments throughout the region.
Alex Penders will be attending Ithaca next fall. He is a big man who can score on the block, find open teammates when posting up, and be relied upon as a defensive rebounder. Penders averaged 15.7 points, 12 rebounds, and 3.1 assists during his junior season for Foxboro HS while earning Hockomock League All-Star honors. He competed on the ZGXL circuit with Middlesex Magic.
Ian Murray made the decision to play his college basketball at Middlebury. He is a guard from Governor’s Academy with burst/dexterity scoring slashing layups, lateral quickness defending on the ball, in addition to making encouraging progress as a three-point threat. Murray played a key role for a Prodigy Basketball Club squad that won the Grassroots XL East Regional Title this past summer.
Bryce Thomas’ next stop will be in the Midwest Conference at Lake Forest College. The guard is a long-range threat, half-court/transition playmaker, and has quickness on both ends. He stood out on the ZGXL circuit this past spring/summer for Mass Elite, earning All-League Honorable Mention honors. Thomas also plays in NEPSAC Class AA for Lawrence Academy.
Alan Mashensky will be taking his game to New York University. The skilled big man is an inside/out scoring threat and has good vision passing out of the post. He contributed last year for Choate Rosemary Hall while getting his first taste of NEPSAC Class A competition. Mashensky is currently dealing with an injury but hopes to be back soon as conference play heats up.
Michael Feroci will be headed south to Pennsylvania. He is planning to spend his next four years at Muhlenberg in the Centennial Conference. The wing will bring the Mules strength, toughness, and leaping ability. Feroci plays in NEPSAC Class AA with Winchendon where he is an important piece off their bench. He also competed for Mass Elite on the ZGXL circuit this past summer.
Jack Lagarde chose to head to New York and attend Skidmore. The big man has vision, soft hands, and an array of moves when posting up. He proved to be a constant force inside this past high school season for a Nashoba Regional team that won 14 games and went 9-0 in league play. Lagarde played during the club season for Basketball 2 The Limit.
Patrick White will also make the move to New York to play for RPI. The floor spacing forward from Tabor Academy has toughness, IQ, and a high motor. Before coming to Tabor, White was a standout at Apponequet Regional. He earned 2021 Standard-Times Boys Basketball Player of the Year. White played club basketball for Middlesex Magic Lambros.
Theo Murray earned an opportunity to compete in the always high level University Athletic Association for Rochester. He is a heady guard who will bring the Yellowjackets toughness, pull-up shooting, and an ability to create for others out of ball screens. Before coming to NEPSAC Class AA. Murray impressed at Brookline HS. He averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals during the 2020-21 season. Now a key component for Kimball Union, he hopes to help them make another playoff run this season.