SHU hoops eyes Waterford’s Long

A 6-foot-9 southpaw, who clocks in at 91 mph with his fastball, stopped by the Sacred Heart University campus Thursday, but Nolan Long was not there to see baseball coach Nick Giaquinto about a scholarship.
Long, who was taken by the San Francisco Giants as a pitcher in the 38th round of the MLB draft last June, also has other aspirations and could end up filling the Pioneers’ final available men’s basketball scholarship. Central Connecticut, Rider, Hofstra, James Madison and North Carolina-Wilmington are also reportedly in the mix, according to
Originally, Long planned to attend the University of Rhode Island – he signed a National Letter of Intent – out of Waterford and play both sports after leading the Lancers to a Class M state basketball title his senior season.
However, when the basketball portion of that plan fell through Long decided to spend a year at South Kent to continue life as a two-sport athlete.
Long averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game his final year at Waterford.
The Pioneers, who went 14-18 and missed the Northeast Conference postseason, already 6-11 Cole Walton, who red-shirted this season, coming in to help the front court.
Also, Jordan Gleason, a 6-2 shooting guard from Watervliet (N.Y.) High School has committed to SHU along with PG Leo Vincent, from Bensalem, Penn., and F De’Von Barnett, from Maryland.

William Paxton