Verona High School senior Joey Zecchino has decided to further his academic and basketball career at Baruch College in Manhattan, New York. Baruch plays in the City University of New York Athletic Conference at the Division III level.
“First and foremost, the academics of Baruch are top notch,” Zecchino said when asked why he chose Baruch over the other schools he was considering. “The coaches preached how academics came before athletics and this was very appealing to my family and I.” Zecchino is also excited to be spending his next four years in Manhattan, stating that “New York City is a place that I was always interested in attending college so when Baruch started recruiting me it was very exciting to find a place where I could continue my academic and athletic career.”
During this recruiting process, the basketball coaches and players made Zecchino feel comfortable with the school by treating him as if he was already a part of the team. “Seeing them at my games, meeting the team, constantly receiving texts from them, and going to watch a few of their games ultimately allowed me to make my decision to attend Baruch College.”
Over the course of four high school seasons, Zecchino finished with 913 points, 115 assists, 92 steals and 216 rebounds. As a junior, he was chosen as an All-Colonial Division honorable mention. As a senior he was First Team All-Colonial and Second Team All-Group 2. Zecchino was also a part of two championship-caliber squads. The 2015-16 team won a North 1, Group 1 sectional championship and in 2016-17 Verona captured a Group 1 state championship by beating Woodbury at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Good luck to Joe in his college career and in all of his future endeavors!
Top two photos copyright Kathleen Seubert, bottom photo copyright Fred Goode. Used by permission.