High-scoring Fox Chapel duo D'Amico, Papich make college decisions
Fox Chapel Area High School's high-scoring duo of Matt D'Amico and Brian Papich will be taking their considerable basketball talents to separate venues next fall.
They recently selected their college destinations and the 6-foot-3 D'Amico, who finished with over 1,400 career points, will be heading to Clarion.
Papich, a 6-2 guard who finished his scholastic career with 1,021 points, chose D-III John Carroll in University Heights, Ohio.
D'Amico was also considering St. Vincent and Marietta while Papich had to make a choice between basketball or track.
Cornell and Penn State showed interest in him as a track performer. Papich qualified for states in the long jump and high jump last year and he also ran on the relay teams.
“I'm glad to have my college choice out of the way,” he said. “It was a very tough decision. Basketball has always been my favorite sport but I enjoy track, too. All the schools that I was considering were good schools, both academically and athletically. I feel I made the right decision.”
Papich hasn't ruled out playing both sports just yet, though.
“I will possibly give track a try,” he said. “We'll have to see how things go. Right now, I'll be concentrating on contributing to the success of the basketball team. They've been very successful in the past as far as competing for the conference championship. They always seem to be in the mix. I like the fact that they play an up-tempo game.”
While John Carroll is losing one senior from this year's team, Papich feels that he can step right in and see a lot of playing time.
“It's looking good for next year,” he said. “The coaches at John Carroll feel that I can be a part of the rotation and I'll be working toward that goal.”
Papich plans to major in business.
D'Amico, who hopes to major in finance or management with a minor in marketing, also had multiple schools recruiting him.
“I narrowed it down to Clarion, Marietta and St. Vincent and felt that Clarion would be the best fit for me,” he said.
Clarion will graduate three seniors and D'Amico feels that the opportunity is there for him to see a lot of playing time as a freshman.
“I believe that I can contribute,” he said. “I'll be working on improving my overall strength and conditioning in the summer. The college game will be much quicker paced and endurance is a big part of the conditioning process. I'll do what I need to.”
The team is coming off of consecutive 20 loss seasons and D'Amico hopes to be part of the turnaround.
“We have some good freshmen coming in and we've already talked about how we want to turn things around,” he said. “I'll be working hard this summer so I'll be ready once practice starts.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.