Tuesday, October 21, 2008
David Bruce chooses St. Joseph's (Philadelphia Inquirer)
David Bruce chooses St. Joseph's
By Ray Parrillo
Inquirer Staff Writer
In search of a big man to replace senior Ahmad Nivins, St. Joseph's received an oral commitment yesterday from David Bruce, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound center from Linden (N.J.) High School.
"David is very athletic with a soft touch from 15 to 18 feet," Linden coach Phil Colicchio said. "I think he has the potential to eventually make money playing this game.
"I liken him to Ahmad Nivins, although I think David might be a little bit more advanced than Ahmad at this point in their careers."
Colicchio said Bruce had attracted interest from several schools in the Big East, Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conferences.
"First and foremost, he wanted to play for Phil Martelli, who in my opinion is one of the five best in the business," Colicchio said, referring to the Hawks' coach. "Second, St. Joe's was the first to show interest in David, and they stayed on him and made it clear to him how important he would be to their program.
"And we don't get all wrapped up in bigger is better around here. He'll become a better player at St. Joe's because they won't recruit over him like some of the big schools might do."
Bruce averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks as a junior last season, when Linden advanced to the NJSIAA Group 4 state championship game, losing to Piscataway.
He started as a sophomore when Linden beat powerful St. Patrick's in the Union County tournament.