Sacred Heart Scores with Broome
Sacred Heart landed a big commitment on Tuesday afternoon from East Hartford native and St. Thomas More guard Cane Broome.
First year Sacred Heart head coach Anthony Latina made Broome his top priority this summer and followed him throughout the month as he and his Expressions Elite squad traveled from the Nike Peach Jam to Philadelphia to Atlantic City.
“They were the main ones all summer long. They didn’t miss any games,” Broome told the New England Recruiting Report. “Coach Latina told me how much I’d mean to the program and that meant a lot.”
Sacred Heart and Wagner became the first division I schools to offer Broome a scholarship this summer, and although his recruitment was likely to continue growing this season at St. Thomas More, he was conscious of friends and former teammates who had bad college experiences after going to levels where they weren’t able to play immediate minutes.
“Most guys I’ve talked to lost the love of the game,” he said. “I didn’t want to go to a school where I wouldn’t play for two or three years and then not care as much as I care right now,”
“I wanted to be somewhere where I could be comfortable and be myself,” he continued. “I’ve seen those guys [Sacred Heart] play and I know Coach Latina lets them play.”
Keeping local talent close to home has always been a top priority for Sacred Heart and Broome’s commitment is a prime example of that. He’ll become the fifth Connecticut native on next year’s roster when point guard Phil Gaetano, combo-guard Evan Kelley, and small forward Chris Evans will all be seniors while shooting guard Steven Glowiak will be a junior.
“Coach Latina said I’ll play a lot because they didn’t have a back-up point guard there last year, and then after that I got it for three years,” Broome said.
Broome joins Abdul-Malik Abu (North Carolina State), Jared Terrell (Oklahoma State), Idris Taqqee (St. Bonaventure), and Alec Brennan (Princeton) to become the 5th member of last year’s Expressions Elite squad to commit to a division I school.
“Cane is what the Expressions program embodies. He remained loyal and fought through adversity,” program director Todd Quarles said. “He’s a sleeper, people will see that soon enough. SHU has got a great one in Broome.”