ALBANY — Last season’s Class AA state tournament MVP has committed to play for the University at Albany men’s basketball program.
Will Amica, a guard from West Genesee High School, gave a verbal commitment Sunday to become the first member of UAlbany’s incoming class for the 2020-21 season.
“I took my official visit to UAlbany on Thursday and stayed there until Saturday,” Amica said Monday. “All the time I was there, I just felt at home. I felt comfortable being around their coaches and players. It was the best decision for me.”
A 6-foot guard, Amica helped lead West Genesee to its first state championship last season. Averaging 16.5 points per game as a junior, Amica was a seventh-team all-state selection.
At Section III’s West Genesee, Amica teamed with current Siena College freshman Lucas Sutherland. Amica said there had been “no trash talk yet” between the two players, but — with a laugh — said that will change before too long.
“Definitely,” said Amica, who played AAU basketball for the Albany City Rocks program.
UAlbany projects to have three open scholarships to use for its incoming class for the 2020-21 season, one of which will go to Amica.
“They need a point guard to come in,” Amica said of the Great Danes who will lose senior Ahmad Clark to graduation following the 2019-20 season.
Amica also had scholarships offers from Buffalo, Lehigh, Lafayette and Stony Brook. At the end, Amica said he decided between UAlbany and Lafayette.
Amica said part of UAlbany’s appeal was his confidence that he will play for one coach during his time with the Great Danes. Will Brown has been the program’s head coach since 2001.
“Coach Brown has been there for almost 20 years,” Amica said. “I felt like he’d be there.”
Amica said he is unsure what he will study at UAlbany, but knows what he expects from his senior year at West Genesee.
“We have the same plan as last year,” Amica said. “We’re trying to win another ring, and I really feel like we could.”