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Recruiting Update-John Celli (Tenafly HS)

Class of 2022 John Celli is winding things down in his recruitment process. The combo guard has impressed over the last year with his sweet shooting stroke from deep and secondary playmaking ability when playing on the ball.

“I’m looking to commit as soon as possible because I’m a high academic student. I believe that the earlier I pick a school, the better because it will be one less stress on my mind. I’ve heard from a few high academic D3 mostly and a few D2, but I was focused on the D3 schools during the recruiting process.”

“The schools that have recruited me the most out of the ones I’ve heard from are Franklin and Marshall, MIT, WPI, and Connecticut College.”

Celli broke down these four schools with Northeast Corridor Hoops.

Franklin and Marshall: “It is a beautiful school with a rich basketball history. Coach Nichay and Coach Monroe have shown great hospitality during my time on campus. I like how their team interacts as well, a real brotherhood. F&M also has great academics, which is a perfect fit for me. I think, should I go there, I would fit in very well.”

Connecticut College: “While I have not seen the school in person, I’ve seen pictures of campus and I really like what I’ve seen. What drew me to CC was their newly hired assistant coach Taylor Mulvey. He was my coach at a Hoop Group camp and we had an immediate connection. We’ve maintained contact even three years after the camp! I would love to play under him and Coach Sweeney.”

WPI: “They reached out earlier in the recruiting process. I first met Coach Robinson and Coach Bartley over a zoom call. Even though it was over a call, I knew I would love to play for them tone day. They are a very enthusiastic duo and show a real passion for the game. I think that I’d really be able to expand my game and grow under their wings.”

MIT: “While it is one of the top schools in the world, MIT also has one of the most amazing campuses I’ve seen. When I went on a visit there, it was a beautiful day, which enhanced the view of the Charles River. Meeting with the team, they made me - and the other recruits - feel like one of them. Coach Anderson is a very passionate head coach who has a real feel for the game and his players. I would consider him to be a player’s coach, an attribute that I love about him. Coach Murphy was the one who got the ball rolling in my recruiting process with them. He reached out multiple times over the summer and was adamant about me getting on campus as soon as possible. Overall, MIT would be a perfect fit for me and I can see myself there for the next four years.”


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