PHO’s 10th-ranked 2017 AJ Gareri is one of the state’s most versatile and well-rounded 2017s. With three offers already in tow, and a lengthy list of interested schools, it’s shaping up to be an eventful next year-and-a-half for the talented…
PHO’s 10th-ranked 2017 AJ Gareri is one of the state’s most versatile and well-rounded 2017s.
With three offers already in tow, and a lengthy list of interested schools, it’s shaping up to be an eventful next year-and-a-half for the talented junior.
“I have offers from Kent State, Toledo, and Ohio, and then I’ve heard from; Dayton, Xavier, Butler, Penn State, Davidson, Belmont, Akron, Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio, Cornell, Wright State, Oakland, Richmond, and Lehigh,” said Gareri.
Kent State was the first school to offer in March, followed by Ohio in July, and Toledo offered in mid-August.
Gareri has visited Kent State, Ohio, and Dayton, he says he plans to visit Toledo soon.
He mentioned to PHO which schools have shown the most interest of late.
“I’ve talked to Belmont a lot recently, and Cornell, right now I’m talking to those to the most,” said Gareri.
The talented junior spent his 16U season playing with DB Hoops, and says showcasing his versatility was something he did best.
“I tried to show all my offensive skills and my defensive ability. I feel like I really showcased my versatility, being able to step out and hit the three, and play in the post, whatever my team needed me to do I could do it,” said Gareri.
“I think my strength is how versatile I can be, I feel I’m a very strong 3-point shooter, mid-range I can do, and in the post I feel like I’m pretty strong. I want to be a stretch-four, I feel equally comfortable in the post or on the wing.”
As he heads into his upperclassmen years with the Orangemen, Gareri says he’s looking to become more of a leader, and that the team’s chemistry should be a strong suit.
“I think this year I’m going to be the leader of the team, I’m not much of a vocal guy, but I try to lead by example. I’m going to try and be more vocal this year,” he said. “Our team, we all get along really well, we all have a very good relationship with each other. Some of us have been playing together since fourth grade, so we should all have pretty good chemistry.”