Ed Zayjac Commits to Quinnipiac
6’10 Ed Zayjac was very impressive this Fall competing on a talented Connecticut Gold squad that also featured the likes of Notre Dame bound forward Tim Abromaitis, 6’11 center Ryan Olander from E.O. Smith, 6’1 guard Mike Auriema from East Catholic High School, 6’0 guard Mike Rhodes also from East Catholic, 6’10 Greg Mangano from Notre Dame-West Haven, 6’7 small forward Brian Fitzpatrick from Xavier High School, and 6’6 forward Kyle Bogucki from Morgan High School among others. Zayjac was particularly impressive a few weeks ago in helping the Gold win the Breaker’s Fall Fest II despite missing Abromaitis who was away on a college visit.
Although their fall season has come to a close the good times have only continued for Coach Kevin Kehoe’s team since that victory, with Abromaitis recently committing to the Fighting Irish, and now Zayjac committing to the Bobcats. Zayjac’s commitment is significant because he is on his way to a program that he should be able to make an immediate impact on and an offensive system that he is ideally suited for.
Zayjac is a player with good size and mobility who can both score on the block as well as shoot and pass on the perimeter. He is also a very good rebounder who throws a terrific outlet pass which makes him a great fit for Quinnipiac’s fast paced system, as does his ability to beat most other big men down the floor. If that weren’t enough, his shooting and passing abilities also make him uniquely qualified for Head Coach Joe DeSantis’ half court offense where the big men set a lot of back screens and then pop to the perimeter.
Not only is Zayjac an important commitment for Coach DeSantis and his staff because he is a perfect fit for their system but also because he was being recruited by some programs at the mid-major level who were no doubt hoping he would wait until the Spring to commit. So give the Bobcat staff credit for getting this done early but also give Zayjac a lot of credit for being mature enough to realize what a good fit he had in Quinnipiac instead of waiting for offers from higher level conferences like so many other players do.