From going to not having a single Division I scholarship offer in the midst of his senior season, to getting a handful of offers late in the process, Linden High School boys basketball senior point guard Otis Livingston has committed to George Mason University.https://twitter.com/thatboy_o/status/600995084738424833
The 6-foot Livingston first heard from George Mason, who recently hired former Bucknell head coach Dave Paulsen as its head coach on March 30, last Thursday, visited the school this past Sunday, and three days later he committed to the program.
“I liked the campus and I liked the coaches a lot,” Livingston said. “I got a good feeling when I was up there. I was really comfortable and everything was good about it. Everything was good about it.”
Had the George Mason offer not come along, Livingston said he likely would have played on the summer circuit and gone to a prep school in the fall.
Livingston was the Home News Tribune Player of the Year this past season and was a big part of Linden’s team the past two seasons after transferring from The Patrick School.
He averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 assists per game this past season as Linden won its third North 2 Group IV title in four seasons and also won the Union County Tournament title by shocking Roselle Catholic, who would go on to win the Tournament of Champions.
“I’m thrilled Otis selected such a great university, both academically and with great basketball tradition,” Linden coach Phil Colicchio said. “Otis is ready to meet the challenge of playing in the Atlantic 10 and show the NCAA how special of a player he is. Coach Dave Paulsen is new to the school and I believe he has the perfect player to run his program from the point guard position for the next four years.”
Staff writer Jerry Carino contributed to this report