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Thursday / February 22.
  • NJIT lands Class of 2024 point guard Walt Andrews

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Walt Andrews, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound point guard from Hargrave Military Academy, committed to coach Grant Billmeier and NJIT on Monday.

    Andrews, who previously attended Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn., was a top-10 recruit in the state of Connecticut. He chose NJIT over Radford, Duquesne and Eastern Kentucky.

    “I will be going to NJIT next season because Coach Billmeier believed in me,” he told ZAGSBLOG. “[Assistant] Coach [Thomas] Messinger is from Hargrave and he is Hargrave family, I felt right at home when I was on campus. The rest of the coaching staff welcomed me with open arms when I met them. They recruited me heavily and believed in me and what I could bring to the program.”

    Andrews is known as a slashing guard with a quick first step. He will help build a program under Billmeier, who is in his first season at NJIT.

    “I look forward to bringing size, full-court vision, creating for my teammates, and a dog mentality to NJIT,” he said. “My goal is to reach the Big Dance next season and win a conference championship. Day in and out I will be working my hardest pushing myself as well as my teammates to be the best version of ourselves we can be.”

    Said Isaiah Davis of Team New England: “Walt has the skill and body already. What he brings to NJIT is his toughness, grit, confidence and contagious energy. To know where Walt came from and his journey to here, all I can say is, NJIT is lucky to get him.”

    Added Jay David of the NY Jayhawks: “Walt is one of the toughest young men I’ve been around. He’s extremely coachable with a college-level body and feel for the game right now. His growth will be exponential at NJIT. I look forward to seeing it.”

    Andrews isn’t done recruiting, either.

    “Going into this new chapter of my life I’d like to keep some of the same people in my circle,” he said. “I hope to bring one of the best shooters in the country and my current teammate at Hargrave Naim Ibroci with me. I believe that his shooting ability could help the team out by spacing the floor as well as his work ethic. We can push the team to new heights.”

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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.

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