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Bernardi Holds Three Offers
Typically New York City is not known as a place for great shooters, but one is definitely coming from Staten Island. Xaverian (NY) star Brian Bernardi has emerged as one of the best marksmen in the country, and has already pulled in three offers. So far it has been a good season for Bernardi and his teammates highlighted by some big wins. Also Bernardi individually has made strides with his game. "It's been an up and down season," said Bernardi. "I know we are one of the top teams because we beat Christ the King and Holy Cross, but we have to pick it up on defense and keep working hard." He continued, "I've been shooting pretty well, but I am trying to work on other things like defense. My defense has gotten better. I am trying to drive to the hoop a lot more and get to the line more because I am 90 percent free throw shooter, so that is a way for me to get more points." At this point there are a lot of schools showing Bernardi interest, and three have come forward with scholarship offers. "I have three offers from Hofstra, Iona, and Fordham," explained Bernardi. "Also I have interest from St. John's, Xavier, Virginia, Quinnipiac, Siena, and Vermont." To this point Bernardi has made local visits to St. John's, Hofstra, and Fordham. While the Red Storm already have nine players committed in the class in front of him, they are still taking a hard look at Bernardi to see how he might fit in. "They just said that they like how I shoot the ball and that I am one of the top shooters in the country," Bernardi explained about St. John's interest. "They want that kind of threat on the team, but they haven't offered yet." Currently Bernardi is open in the process and is simply taking his time and waiting on more schools to offer. Though he is open, Bernardi does have some idea of what he will be looking for when the time comes to choose a school. "I want to play in a good league and be at a good academic school," explained Bernardi. "Also I would be looking for a place where I can play as a freshman and possibly get into the starting lineup."
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