Northeastern junior nets 3 Division I offers
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Northeastern boys' basketball player Antonio Rizzuto has received three Division I scholarship offers, and more could be coming for the junior shooting guard.
Rizzuto said he's received offers from mid-major programs Albany, Stony Brook and High Point. The most recent came from High Point, which extended its offer following the Bobcats' Jan. 18 game against Dallastown, Rizzuto said.
Albany and Stony Brook play in the America East Conference while High Point resides in the Big South Conference.
More offers could also be on the way, particularly if Rizzuto continues to improve his game.
Rizzuto, who said he stands 6-foot-2, said he can continue to work on his ball handling to prove he can play college point guard. That would help his versatility, he said, because right now he's being recruited primarily as a shooting guard. But Stony Brook is looking to bring him in as a player who could play both backcourt positions.
Rizzuto believes he could play point guard at Northeastern right now if the situation called for it but said those duties currently fall primarily to Austin Greene and Fred Mulbah.
"I'm telling you right now, I do get in the gym and work on my ball handling," Rizzuto said. "My role on my team right now is to get shots."
And that he does. Rizzuto is averaging 19.4 points per game and said he's made 62 3-pointers while shooting at nearly a 50 percent clip from long range. The Bobcats hold an 18-2 overall record this season.
Rizzuto also said continuing to improve defensively will be a key component to generating more interest from college programs.
"That's big," Rizzuto said. "Defense comes first."
Rizzuto said he will continue fine tuning his skills with the Bobcats' program and also with his AAU team, York Ballers.
"This offseason is a big one for me to continue to showcase and work on my game," he said.