MacDuffie’s Niemczura Makes Decision
MacDuffie School senior Matt Niemczura announced his commitment to the University of Rochester on Thursday.
Niemczura came to MacDuffie after a storied three year career at nearby Palmer High School in which he scored 1,000 points, led his team to both a sectional championship and state finals appearance, and was subsequently named MVP of the Western Mass Tournament.
He continued to take his game to new levels in the last 16 months, landing recruitment from various scholarship level schools in the process, but nonetheless opted for the academics and basketball tradition that Rochester had to offer.
“U of R is getting a fully committed high-character student athlete. One who has over a 1400 SAT score and one who has challenged himself as an athlete,” MacDuffie head coach Jacque Rivera told NERR. “After winning a title at Palmer, spending two years in the NEPSAC, and playing on the EYBL, I think Matt is prepared to have an impact right away at Rochester. He has two great ingredients to assist with his contined success, he's is coachable and has a great work-ethic.”
While Niemczura's game has continued to grow in recent years, there's no denying that his best basketball remain in front of him with still a wealth of untapped potential. He has good size and length on the wing, fluid with his athleticism, and a developing shooting touch. As his frame continues to fill out, and his body changes, his game will quickly go to another level.
He's currently averaging just under 10 points and 5 rebounds, along with 2 assists and 1.3 steals, for a MacDuffie team that is 17-6 and unbeated in Class AA of the NEPSAC.