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Friday, May 4, 2012
Kachi Nzerem commits to St. Rose

By Brendan Hall

Former New Mission guard and Marianapolis (Conn.) post-graduate Kachi Nzerem has committed to the College of St. Rose for the 2012-13 season, according to New Mission head coach Cory McCarthy.

Nzerem, a Hyde Park resident, was fielding interest from several other Northeast-10 schools in addition to St. Rose, including Southern Connecticut State, New Haven and Franklin Pierce. He also fielded Division interest to varying levels at times in his high school career, including Maine, New Hampshire, Sacred Heart, Tulane and Florida International.

"I thought they were a good fit from day one when they called about him," McCarthy said. "They wanted him the most and he appreciated that. When it comes this time of year, you go where you're wanted most. He felt like they recruited him the hardest. They wanted him from the jump."

The 6-foot-5 Nzerem was an integral part of Mission's abrupt rise in the MIAA basketball landscape, helping the Titans win the Division 4 title in 2010 and then Division 2 in 2011. It was the first time in MIAA history that a team won back-to-back titles in different divisions.

Nzerem was also named to ESPN Boston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team in 2011, after averaging 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. He is the third member of Mission's backcourt from 2010-11 to continue their career at a Northeast-10 school, joining Samir McDaniels (New Haven) and Darius Davis (Bentley).