Jay Nagle is sealed and delivered if not yet signed but the 6 -foot-6 Will C. Wood High talent will take care of the latter in early November when he signs a letter-of-intent to play for new UC Santa Barbara Coach Joe Pasternak.
“It felt really good with the coaching staff,” Nagle said. “I liked their personalities and style and how they worked together as a whole.” Other factors in favor of the Gauchos included “the college town atmosphere, the campus and the academics.” The Gaucho cause wasn’t hurt by the fact that one of the student dormitories offers a view of the Pacific Ocean although it was too early for Nagle to claim dibs on a room there.
A summer weekend of playing basketball in southern California turned out to be the genesis of this meeting of the minds. “I got all my attention because of my play in a tournament in Anaheim. A Santa Barbara assistant saw me there. Coach Pasternack became interested and I took an unofficial visit.” The coaching staff chaperoned the visit as the Gaucho players had yet to return to school. An official visit is in the plans.
Nagle is being looked at as a two, three and four, almost “a positionless player” as he described it.
What will he bring to his new team? “My shooting ability and versatility and [being] a guy my teammates can rely on.”
Asked about his going D1, he said, “This was definitely a dream for me. I worked hard, my game spoke for itself and everything turned out for the best.”
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