October 11th, 2011
Dieudonne Commits To Boston University
Trinity basketball senior announces his college plans
Trinity High School senior basketball forward Nathan Dieudonne will be wearing scarlet in his uniform colors next season as a collegian, but it won't be with his hometown Bellarmine University Knights.
Instead, the six-foot-seven Dieudonne (pronounced Doo-duh-nay) announced on Monday that he has committed to the Scarlet and White of Boston University.
Dieudonne, who led the Rocks in both scoring (11.6 points per game) and rebounding (5.8) as a junior and helped his squad to a 21-8 record and district semifinal appearance against Ballard in 2010-11, ultimately chose the Boston University Terriers over Bellarmine, Yale, Monmouth, Lehigh and Siena.
He also says that his rapport with BU first-year coach Joe Jones was integral to his decision.
"One of the main factors toward my decision was the relationship I have with (Boston University coach) Joe Jones," said Dieudonne. "On my visit, we had several good conversations about my future on the team and as a person. Then he came down to Trinity a few days ago and it really sealed the deal."
Boston University, which is where University of Louisville's Rick Pitino coached from 1978-1983, has 12 postseason appearances in program history, but hasn't reached the NCAA Tournament since 2002. The Terriers have had perennial success in the America East Conference with eight regular season conference championships since 1979-80.
"I really like how the team can compete every year and how well I fit in with his new offense and the players they already have," said Dieudonne. "Also, for me, one of the other big pieces were the oppurtunities at the university and in the great city of Boston as a whole."
Dieudonne is the second member of the Shamrocks' 2011-12 team to commit to a college this year. His teammate, senior Charles Foster, announced several weeks ago that he has committed to Morehead State University.
Both Dieudonne and Foster will be key pieces to Trinity's upcoming season where the Shamrocks will be a popular pick to win the 7th Region. Trinity is tentatively scheduled to kick off its season on Dec. 3 at DeSales High School.