Fordham Lands Power Forward Jesse Bunting

BuntingJesse Bunting, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound 2015 power forward from Tabor Academy (MA) and the Expressions Elite AAU program, verbally committed to Fordham on Sunday.

Bunting also considered Duquesne, St. Joe’s and Quinnipiac.

“I picked Fordham because of the opportunities it has to offer,” he told SNY.tv. “As soon as I got there I knew it was the school I was looking for. I just felt it was the best fit for basketball as well as academics.”

In Bunting, Fordham coach Tom Pecora is getting a rugged big-bodied frontcourt player who should improve over the next year before he gets on campus.

“The coaches were looking for a guy with a motor and someone who never stops working at his game,” Bunting said. “I feel like I fit that bill. I’ll be able to bring energy to the floor and I’ll provide a strong defensive presence in the paint.”

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Matt Zignorski to Fordham; Japhet Kadji to Wagner

ZiggyPope John’s Matt Zignorski has committed to Fordham.

The 6-foot-3 2015 point guard also had offers from Bucknell, Princeton, American, Monmouth, Penn and Boston University.

“I think he made a tremendous decision,” his high school coach, Jason Hasson, told SNY.tv. “He’s a great student and a great player who continues to get better every day.

“The A-10 is competitive conference and with his ability to score and run a team. He’s going to be a valuable player in that league.” To read more of this story, click here

Fordham’s Future Looks Bright With Paschall Coming In

Eric PaschallNEW HAVEN, Conn.Eric Paschall came up short in his ultimate goal of winning the National Prep Championship on Wednesday, but the Fordham-bound guard served notice that he could be a force in the A-10 over the next several years.

The 6-foot-6 guard went off for 25 points and 6 rebounds in the semifinals when St. Thomas More beat Syracuse-bound Chris McCullough and IMG Academy, 93-86. To read more of this story, click here

Freshmen Severe, Jordan Fail to Impress in Garden Showdown

NEW YORK — It is the Year of the Freshmen in college basketball and New York’s two best frosh squared off in a Saturday matinee at Madison Square Garden.

Fordham’s Jon Severe could’ve used the game to show St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and the Red Storm fans what they missed out on by not recruiting him.

St. John’s freshman Rysheed Jordan could’ve put on a show in his first college game at the Garden.

Instead, neither freshmen did those things in a game in which the Johnnies thrashed the Rams, 104-58, by shooting 79 percent in the first half (making 17 straight shots at one stretch) and 66 percent overall. To read more of this story, click here

Arbitello Says St John’s Should’ve Recruited Severe (UPDATED)

St. John’s did not recruit Jon Severe out of Christ the King High School, but Royals coach Joe Arbitello says they should have.

“I think it was a mistake,” Arbitello told SNY.tv Friday morning, one day before Fordham and St. John’s will meet on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

“I think that any New York City team that didn’t recruit him probably made a big mistake.” To read more of this story, click here

With Win at Manhattan, Fordham Provides Glimpse Into Future

NEW YORK — Fordham hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1992, before current freshman sensation Jon Severe and many of his teammates were born.

The Rams haven’t been relevant in New York City or the Atlantic 10 Conference for years, either.

Head coach Tom Pecora, now in his fourth season at Fordham, brought a record of 26-66 into this season.

But Fordham provided a glimpse into a potentially brighter future on Tuesday night, when Severe scored a career-high 30 points and senior Branden Frazier added 21 as the Rams shocked MAAC preseason favorite Manhattan, 79-75, in the Battle of the Bronx at Draddy Gym.

“We knew it was going to be a great challenge when we came [to Fordham],” Pecora told SNY.tv after the win. “There’s been a lot of heavy lifting. But I feel comfortable that we’re moving in the right direction. Now can we be consistently good? That’s the question.” To read more of this story, click here

Paschall, Severe Will Give Fordham 1-2 Punch Going Forward

Eric Paschall will be in the stands at Draddy Gymnasium Tuesday night when Fordham visits Manhattan in what should be an interesting non-conference affair between New York City programs.

But Rams head coach Tom Pecora probably wishes he could suit up the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Paschall to play against the Steve Masiello-coached Jaspers, who were picked to win the MAAC.

“He is an important piece to the process of our future success,” Pecora said when Paschall officially signed his Letter of Intent. “Eric will have an immediate impact on our program when he joins us next year.”

Pecora’s program already features the reigning New York State Mr. Basketball in freshman guard Jon Severe, who enters the Manhattan contest averaging 21.5 points per game. To read more of this story, click here