ALBANY — Jonathan Beagle, whose high school career started at Hudson Falls, announced his commitment Friday night to play for the UAlbany men’s basketball program via social-media posts.
In an interview with The Daily Gazette, Beagle said he made his verbal commitment to head coach Dwayne Killings’ program last weekend following a visit at the school.
“With coach Killings and their coaching staff, this program is going to take off and that’s why I chose to go there,” Beagle said.
A 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward who is currently a senior at St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, Beagle had offers from a variety of Division I programs, including Pittsburgh of the ACC. Beagle also said he’d recently started to receive interest from Virginia Tech, another ACC school.
Overall, Beagle said he had approximately 10 scholarship offers at the time he committed to UAlbany. The final schools he considered were UAlbany, UMass, Pittsburgh and Vermont. Schools among Beagle’s other scholarship offers included Siena and Iona of the MAAC.
As a junior at Hudson Falls playing in the Foothills Council, Beagle averaged 19.8 points per game during the 2019-20 season. He then transferred to St. Thomas More School, and reclassified to the class of 2022. In AAU, Beagle played for the Albany City Rocks.
“For college, I wanted to come home and play in front of friends,” said Beagle, who turns 18 years old next month.
Beagle becomes the first commit in Killings’ 2022 class. A first-year head coach, Killings was hired in mid-March to replace Will Brown.
From the UAlbany coaching staff, Beagle said he first had contact with assistant coach Hamlet Tibbs, an Albany native and Troy High School graduate who spent the last seven seasons on the staff at America East Conference rival Vermont. UAlbany, Beagle said, was the first school to offer him a scholarship, and that stuck with him.
“A week [after Killings was hired], they offered me, so I knew they believed in me and that meant a lot,” Beagle said.
Previously, Beagle followed UAlbany as a fan. Joe Cremo, the former Scotia-Glenville High School star who was a standout at UAlbany for three seasons before completing his college career at Villanova, was one of Beagle’s favorite players to watch.
“Joe Cremo was someone I always looked up to,” Beagle said.