Fairfield University started recruiting Pearl River senior basketball player Kevin Degnan a year and a half ago, one of the first Division I programs to recruit the versatile 6-foot-8 guard/forward.
Degnan decided the Connecticut college was right for him Sunday, making a verbal commitment to Fairfield.
"I love the coaches," Degnan said. "Coach (Sidney) Johnson and everything he does. I thought it was a perfect fit from an academic and basketball standpoint. They had it all there."
Degnan said he liked the Princeton style of offense that Johnson runs at Fairfield, which will take advantage of his shooting skills. Johnson took over at Fairfield in 2011 after four years at Princeton. Fairfield went 19-16 in 2012-13 after winning 22 games the previous year, losing to Kent in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Stags, who compete in the MAAC, have played in a post-season tournament the last four seasons.
Degnan Siena, Fordham, Vermont and Quinnipiac were also among his final five choices, but he was happy to have his choice made before his senior year begins.
"It's definitely nice to have that already done," Degnan said. "Now I can just focus on Pearl River. I'm very excited about this year. We will have a great team this year. We can do a lot of things. We can go far this year."