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Girard III narrows college choices to six

Girard III narrows college choices to six

Syracuse, Duke among state scoring leader's options
Girard III narrows college choices to six
Glens Falls junior Joseph Girard III has narrowed his college choice down to six schools.

Heavily recruited Glen Falls basketball standout Joseph Girard III has narrowed his college choice down to six schools, he announced Saturday night.

Well over 20 Division I colleges made scholarship offers to the junior basketball and football star, including Tulane and Massachusetts, which offered for both sports.

Girard III announced on his Twitter account that Syracuse, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Boston College were the six schools from which he will make his final decision.

Oklahoma, Ohio State, St. John's, Washington, BYU and Rutgers were among the other schools that made offers.

"Thankful for every opportunity I've been given!" Girard III wrote on his Twitter account.

Given the schools, it appears that Girard III will concentrate on basketball.

Girard III averaged 50 points per game for the 20-3 Indians this past season and set the state all-time scoring record, pushing his four-year career total to 3,306 points.

The 6-foot-2 shooting guard twice scored 60 points, and had other games with 59, 58 and 57 while compiling 1,149 points. His total included 179 3-point baskets. He also averaged 7 assists and 8 rebounds per outing.

Girard III was named New York's player of the year by the New York State Sportswriters Association (Class B), Gatorade and USA Today. He was also among six finalists for the MaxPreps National Player of the Year award.

He has been named to The Daily Gazette All-Area first team three times.

As a sophomore Girard III led the Glens Falls basketball team to the Section II Class B championship and a 24-1 record when he averaged 36.4 points.

Girard III quarterbacked Glens Falls to a state football championship his sophomore year and to the state semifinals his junior year, and a combined 24-1 record over those two seasons. He was selected the NYSSA Class B co-Player of the Year following his junior season when he passed for 1,883 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for 518 yards and seven TDs. Girard III has also started in the defensive secondary throughout is high school football career.

He recently confirmed that he will again be playing football for Glens Falls this fall.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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