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By ADAM ZAGORIANiels Lane, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Freehold, N.J. shooting guard from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic and Team Final, will announce his college choice on Oct. 8, he told ZAGSBLOG.
Ranked the No. 14 shooting guard in 2020 by 247Sports.com, Lane is considering a final five of Florida, Miami, Texas, Providence and UConn.
Lane has taken an official to Miami and visits Florida (Sept. 13) and Texas (Sept. 20).
Texas head coach Shaka Smart was due to meet with him Tuesday morning (today) and Smart was also meeting with Lane’s mother. Florida coach Mike White will be at his open gym Tuesday evening.
“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.”.
Wherever he goes, Lane 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.