Sacred Heart Lands another Big Recruit
It’s a good time for Sacred Heart men’s basketball program. Coming off their most successful season since joining the division I ranks in which they advanced all the way to the finals of the Northeast Conference Tournament and were about a minute away from going to the big dance, the future looks even brighter for the Pioneers as they return a young and talented team and continue to earn major victories in the recruiting world.
The latest addition is Stanford Dulaire, a 6’5” forward from the Watkinson School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dulaire had been under recruited for the majority of his high school years before proving many of his doubters wrong this summer with his super athletic game. By the time the July live period had come to an end the Bloomfield native had racked up offers from a variety of schools including mid-major programs like Jacksonville State and James Madison.
“Sacred Heart has been on me the longest,” Dulaire told the New England Recruiting Report. “I wanted to this done early and it seemed like a perfect fit. The small campus reminded me of Watkinson and they are going to be very good for a long time.”
Another factor that worked in the Pioneers’ favor was the fact that their roster included two of Dulaire’s former teammates with the Connecticut Basketball Club in rising sophomores Chauncey Hardy and Ryan Litke.
“I’m looking forward to playing with those guys again,” Dulaire said. “They both had great freshmen years up there last year.”
Dulaire becomes the second player to offer Head Coach Dave Bike a verbal commitment this summer joining Steve Zazuri from Masuk High School as Sacred Heart is clearly making an effort to keep the nutmeg state’s best players at home.
Sacred Heart will likely be one of the pre-season favorites to win the NEC this year with the likes of Hardy, Litke, junior Joey Henley, junior Drew Shubik, and senior Luke Granato all returning to the line-up. Additionally the Pioneers will also suit up one of the conference’s best recruiting classes including Boston Univeristy transfer Cory Hassan and 6’9 forward Mehmet Sahan from Tilton.