Lewis University Lands Its First 2017 Commitment

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

August 3 2016

3:45 P.M. CST

From the moment his team won the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament, Lewis University head coach Scott Trost and assistant John Spruance set their sights on their 2017 recruiting class.  And because they have never rested on their laurels, the Flyers continue to land banner recruits who are perfectly suited for the GLVC.

The latest example is 6'2 2017 2-guard Marco Pettinato of Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, IL.  Pettinato announced his commitment to Lewis this afternoon via his Twitter account.  His commitment was also confirmed by his travel team coach Mike Weinstein of the Young Legends.

Pettinato had been recruited by several D2 schools, but in the end it was his strong desire to stay close to home and help Lewis continue to build upon its recent success that enabled Trost and the Flyers to win out for his services.  The Lewis staff offered Pettinato at the start of the summer and have been persistent in their recruitrment of him ever since.

First and foremost, Pettinato is the epitomy of a player who does whatever it takes to win games.  Never was this more exemplified than this past March when Pettinato was the driving force behind leading Lincoln-Way West to a stunning upset over Morgan Park to win the Class 3A supersectional at Joliet Central and advance to the state finals in Peoria.  That same winning edge has carried over to the travel team circuit, where he has been a valuable contributor for the Young Legends.

While the strongest facet of Pettinato's game is his marksmanship from 3-point range, that is not all that he brings to the table.  Pettinato also sports considerable toughness and knows how to utilize matchups in order to put the ball on the floor and power his way to the basket.

Pettinato is the Flyers' first commitment in their 2017 class, but everyone can be assured it will hardly be the last.  That is because Trost and Spruance are pounding the pavement, having extended numerous scholarship offers to in-state 2017 prospects, including post players as well as point guards. 

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