Ryan Pettinella, a 6-8, 210 pound combo/power forward from McQuaid Jesuit H.S. in Rochester, NY, is in the process of visiting the top schools on his list.
Pettinella, along with his father Ed, unofficially visited Cornell on August 14th, Holy Cross on August 21st, Rice on August 23rd and St. Bonaventure on August 26th. He'll visit Bucknell on August 29th, Penn on August 30th, Davidson on September 1st and Yale, Lehigh and Fairfield the following week.
"Penn, Rice, Bucknell, Yale and Cornell have offered scholarships or roster spots," Ryan said.
Other schools he is considering include Albany, Butler, George Mason, Loyola (MD), Loyola Marymount, Manhattan, Marist, Marquette, Quinippiac, Siena and Vermont. "All of these schools have offered except Butler, Loyola Marymount, George Mason and Marquette," Pettinella added. And there are about 20 other programs who have been recruiting this big man.
RivalsHoops.com's reporter Russ Blake wrote earlier that Pettinella is a bouncy big man who likes to work both inside and out. He can score in an array of ways in, around and facing the basket, and he's very comfortable shooting short-midrange jumpers where his deft touch comes in handy. Call him a finesse four man with upside because his frame hasn't filled out yet. He's added five pounds to his frame this summer.
Pettinella averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and over one block per game last season for McQuaid and led the 24-3 squad to the state finals against Syracuse's Henninger High School. And he is an excellent student with a 3.6 GPA and 1230 score on the SAT.
Pettinella intends to make a decision in time for the early National Letter of Intent signing period. "Academics will be the first thing I'll look at," he said. "Then the basketball program, the campus and how well I get along with the coaches and players." He said he intends to major in business.
This past July, Pettinella was named to the all-star team at the Eastern Invitational I. He competed with Mickey Walker's Donyell Marshall Foundation program at the adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and finished the Division I evaluation period with the Rochester Area Players (RAP) at the AAU Nationals in Florida. He'll be competing with his McQuaid High School squad at next month's Metro Classic at Seton Hall.