Worcester’s Barrino Commits to San Diego

New England Recruiting Report | Friday, March 11th, 2016

Worcester Academy post-graduate point guard Nassir Barrino made a verbal commitment to the University of San Diego on Thursday night while on their campus for his unofficial visit.

Barrino previously starred for Hudson Catholic High School in New Jersey and ran with the New Jersey Playaz on the EYBL circuit before arriving in Worcester for his prep season.

A hard-nosed and ultra-tough guard, Barrino is an outstanding defender with tons of leadership skills.

"Everyone at Worcester Academy is just so happy for Nassir," Hilltoppers head coach Jamie Sullivan told the New England Recruiting Report. "He worked so hard this year. Most people don't realize it, but he played through a torn lateral miniscus the entire season. He's barely been able to practice but he's just been an unbelievable teammate and so receptive to learning."

Despite being limited by injury for virtually the entire season, Barrino's presence was always critical to Worcester's success. Not only did he provide a top-notch on-ball defender and offensive playmaker, but he emerged as a vocal leader of this team from very early on in the fall open gym season.

He's also made nice strides with his jump shot, which was widely viewed as his achilles heel when he arrived at Worcester in September. Now he's headed west to star for head coach Lamont Smith, who just finished his first season at the helm of the San Diego program.

Barrino joins Kevin Marfo (George Washington) and Tanner Johnson (Bryant) to become the third member of Worcester Academy's 2016 class to commit to a division I school.