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April 26, 2014

Scott officially signs with NU; Dickson's coach praises upside

Niagara Gazette — Niagara head coach Chris Casey has received two commitments to his first full-season recruiting class, and while that's hardly a good sample size, there are signs of a trend.

Guard Matt Scott (Brooklyn) signed his National Letter of Intent on Thursday, giving Casey his first official commitment just hours before forward DayJar Dickson (Potomac, Md.) verbally committed.

Casey was the first Division I coach to offer either player, but that could have more to do with surrounding circumstance than the players' ability. Both players, according to Casey and high school coaches, have the potential to be diamonds in the rough.

Scott, a 6-foot-3 southpaw from Brooklyn Law and Tech, averaged 28.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists for the Jets as a senior.

"He's got some length to him," Casey said. "He can score the ball, shoots it well, is good in transition. He can do some good things and will help defensively because of his length."

Law and Tech is a relatively small school, and until Scott came around it hadn't made much of an impact on the New York City basketball landscape. As a senior, Scott spent time guarding all five positions. His tallest teammate was 6-foot-5.

Scott said his recruitment picked up over the summer after he had good showings against top NYC talent in tournaments. He said Stephen F. Austin and St. Francis (NY) were the first Division I schools to show interest.

NU assistant coach Will Lanier traveled to see Scott's first game of the 2013-14 high school season live.

"We were just recruiting, talking to people in the city, and they all liked him ...," Casey said. "After the first of the year, we saw him a couple times and liked him."

Casey said Scott will have a chance to make an impact right away, and Scott said he plans on spending this summer bulking up while taking summer classes at NU to prepare for the college level.

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