MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY -- Frankie Policelli was the top performer at the Apparel Challenge yesterday. Policelli, a 6’8 small forward from Long Island Lutheran, finished with 28 points and eight three pointers in a 79-72 win over Archbishop Stepinac. His coaches gave him the greenlight and it paid off.
“Coming in I was a little shaky, some games I would perform well and some games I wouldn’t,” he said. “All of my coaches stayed confident with me and told me to shoot the ball. Today they went in for me.”
Policelli transferred into Long Island Lutheran this year for his senior year. He is getting comfortable with his new team.
“I’m getting a lot more confident with my team, it took me a little while to adjust,” Policelli said. “As the season has gone on I am a lot more comfortable and we all know our roles.”
The 2018 prospect says three schools have been recruiting him consistently.
“Texas Tech calls or texts me every day, Cincinnati does the same thing and Dayton as well,” he said.
Texas Tech thinks Policelli can bring a lot to their program next year.
“They are in a good conference and are winning too,” he said. “They are a tough team who are in the top-25 this year. They like my shooting ability, size and versatility. They want to get me out to campus to go on a visit.”
Another top-25 team in the Cincinnati Bearcats have done good job recruiting the 2018 sharpshooter.
“Cincinnati said that they like my shooting and that they need that for next year,” Policelli said. “They like how I can guard multiple positions. They have been recruiting me hard lately.”
Dayton is looking to get Policelli on campus sometime soon.
“Dayton likes the same attributes as the other two schools,” said Policelli said. “They have been very active as they have been talking to me and my coaches about getting me to campus soon.”
Policelli is still open to other schools and mentioned that Butler, Boston College, Siena and Tulsa have expressed interest. He plans to take his time with his decision.
“I’m wide open to other schools coming into my recruitment,” he told MADEHoops. “I’m not going to commit or do any visits until the spring once the basketball season ends.”