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Since we last spoke to Justin Crosgile, the talented combo guard out DePaul (NJ) Catholic, he has picked up another scholarship offer.
After picking up an offer from St. John’s, the 5-11 Crosgile now holds offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Houston and St. Joe’s.
“St. Joe’s is still my No. 1 school,” Crosgile said Saturday by phone from Virginia, where he’s playing with the Playaz Gold team at the Southern Jam Fest.
A two-time Herald News All-Area selection, Crosgile averaged 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for a Spartans team the reached the Passaic County quarterfinals before falling to Eastside and lost to Seton Hall Prep in the North Non-Public A tournament. He now has 1,340 career points.
Crosgile visited St. Joe’s unofficially in April with his mother, Angie.
“I liked it a lot, it was great,” he said. “The campus was really good. I never really got tot see the campus before. The classrooms were a nice size.”
Crosgile said he met with Martelli and talked about both academic and athletic issues.
“We just talked about the school, how many kids were graduating, the basketball program,” Crosgile said. “He’s really cool. The whole staff shows a lot of interest in me. It wasn’t really about basketball. They were telling me about the team, schoolwork, tutors.”
Crosgile said he also has interest in Marquette, Miami and Ohio State, although he doesn’t hold firm offers from them yet.
“I spoke to the Ohio State coach (Thad Matta) once and Miami and i talked to the (associate head) coach, (Jorge) Fernandez, he’s cool,” he said. “I’m trying to get down there.”
So when does Crosgile expect to make a decision?
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “My mother wants me to wait until AAU is over. I would like to get it over with by the end of the summer, so going into my senior year I don’t really have to stress about it.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.