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By ADAM ZAGORIANiels Lane, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Freehold, N.J. native from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic and Team Final, is down to seven schools.
Lane lists Xavier, Miami, Providence, Texas, UConn, Georgia and Florida.
“Niels is just scratching the surface of what he can be,” RC coach Dave Boff said. “He’s very skilled, can defend and plays with great energy. That’s a rare combination. Guys like that are special players.”.
He recently broke down several of his top schools:
Xavier: “They kind of have a similar as system as Roselle Catholic’s. They like to get up and down and play fast. And they win, they win games. So they sold me on that. I really like the place. I was actually on campus a few weeks ago on an unofficial.”
Florida and Georgia: “Both of them pretty much have the same message. A lot of these head coaches are really big on player development, so whatever can get me to the highest level will fit for me.”
Providence: “Providence has been there since the beginning. They offered me two years ago and have followed me ever since. They are losing some big scorers so they are looking for me to come in and fill that role immediately.”
UConn: “UConn just offered [Wednesday] so I’m definitely excited to learn more about the program.” As for UConn going to the Big East, “That’s exciting,” he said.
Wherever he goes, he plans to be a “high-energy guy on both ends of the floor.”
“I take a lot of pride in my defense, I consider myself a lock-down defender,” he said. “I can also score the ball. I’m a good shooter. I still have room to improve on my jump shot, but I feel like my jump shot’s pretty good. And I think I can lead a team. I think I have pretty good leadership skills.”
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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.