Erold Ivy Bound in 2021
St. Sebastian's School and Mass Rivals junior guard Lyndel Erold announced a verbal commitment to play his college basketball at Brown University on Sunday night.
Erold had a breakout junior season at St. Sebastian's averaging 16 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game while taking 18 charges on the season.
While he finished the winter season without any offers, the buzz had been building in recent weeks, ultimately leading to his first offer from Brown late last week.
72 hours later and Erold decided one offer was all he needed.
"Playing in the Ivy League has been a dream of mine for years, because education has always been important to me and my family and there’s no better education than the Ivy League," Erold told NERR. "And even though I wasn’t a highly recruited player or even really talked about much in the recruiting world, I knew that if I just kept working something good would happen."
In a normal spring, Erold is the type of player who would have emerged during the grassroots season, but this is obviously not a normal year.
Instead, Brown reportedly studied film and did lots of due diligence to recognize a prospect that was still under-the-radar but both full of talent and a good fit for their system.
"Their style fits great with my game," Erold said. "It's also not too far away from home, so my family and friends can always come watch me play, and over the last few months I built good relationships with their entire staff. I feel like Brown is somewhere I can develop and grow as a player and more importantly as a person."
An athletic southpaw who is still just filling out his frame but already plays through contact, competes on both ends, and has a naturally soft touch on his jumper, Erold's talent is unmistakable on the film below.
He becomes the fifth Mass Rivals product to commit to Brown in recent years as he'll join Tamenang Choh, David Mitchell, and EJ Perry, who plays both football and basketball. Rivals alum Cedric Kuakumensah, who graduated from Brown in 2016, finished his career as the program's all-time leader in blocked shots.