Carl Pierre’s future on the basketball court took a dramatic turn in two weeks.
The Boston College High graduate was headed to Westminster Academy (Conn.) for a year before attending the University of Massachusetts, to which he had verbally committed.
But after receiving a full offer from UMass and new coach Matt McCall, Pierre made his commitment official on Monday night. A 6-foot-4-inch combo guard from Randolph who was the Catholic Conference MVP, he will enroll at UMass this fall.
And Newton South senior Veronica Burton verbally committed to attend Northwestern University in the fall of 2018, continuing a family legacy started by her grandfather, Ron Burton, the first draft pick of the Boston Patriots.
Her father, Steve, a longtime sports reporter/anchor at WBZ TV, played quarterback at Northwestern. Her mother, Virginia, swam for the Wildcats. And her uncles, Ron Jr., Phil, and Paul, played football in Evanston, Ill.
Veronica, the three-time Dual County League MVP, will be the first Burton to play basketball at Northwestern.
“As soon as I got there I loved everything about it,” said Burton, a 5-7 guard who averaged 20.8 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 steals, and 2.2 blocks for the 18-5 Lions last season.
“The school itself is amazing and the campus is beautiful. Obviously, the school runs deep in the family so that stuck out as well.”
Her two older sisters, Kendall (Villanova), and Kayla (Lehigh), both played Division 1 college basketball, with the latter completing her career this season. Her brother, Austin, is an incoming freshman quarterback at UCLA.
Pierre averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks for the Eagles as a senior, but had relatively few offers. He started garnering more interest with his play on the AAU circuit this spring, suiting up for MetroBoston.
“In two weeks my whole recruiting situation flipped,” Pierre said on Monday night. And he caught the eye of McCall and UMass.
“It wasn’t just Coach McCall who played a hand in it,” said Pierre. “He did have a major role in it but the guys over at Metro[Boston] probably had the biggest hand. They did everything they could to help me with this process and I appreciate that.”
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