August 3, 2013

Ferrari makes the call

Kevin McCarthy

That was fast. Less than two weeks after a masterful performance at the Nor Cal Summer Tipoff, 5-foot-11 Frankie Ferrari has nailed down his college destination.

photo of Frankie Ferrari

14 or so days ago, Ferrari was like so many aspiring basketball prospects. The pressure was on to perform well at each and every showcase and the matter of where he would be attending college and playing basketball come the 2014 academic year was unknown.

Not anymore.

A year from now, he'll be moving from Burlingame to San Francisco -- a distance of 15 miles -- as he's headed for The Hilltop to play for USF Coach Rex Walters.

The factors behind Ferrari's decision?

“It's a good university and Coach Walters is a great guy, as is his staff. They care about their players and I feel good they believed in me.”

Looking at the roster of the Dons come Ferrari's freshman year, reigning point Cody Doolin will have graduated. Avry Holmes, a shooter, will be junior as will Tim Derkson, and Corey Hillard a senior. None are true points.

Before this latest turn of events, Ferrari wasn't sure what direction to take.

“I was going to wait until November and see what was available but [with USF] there was no reason to wait. It became a question of why not? It's the right program for me. I'm just thankful because not many have this kind of opportunity.”

As of now, Ferrari is looking at kinesiology and business as major possibilities.

But first there is the matter of his senior season at Burlingame High. The Panthers are coming off a 21-9 season, 12-0 in the Peninsula Athletic League South and 6-foot-7 Nick Loew returns for his senior go-around. The addition of Ferrari will provide a very solid inside-outside combination.