Gibbons' Wojciechowski chooses Duke HIGH SCHOOLS

October 06, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Cardinal Gibbons point guard Steve Wojciechowski confirmed jTC last night that he has orally committed to sign with Duke University for next season.

"I feel relieved, and I'm really happy that things have worked out they way they have," said Wojciechowski, who is 5 feet 11 and 165 pounds. A second-team All-Metro and first-team All-City selection last season, he led the Crusaders in scoring (13.3 points a game) and with 164 assists and 130 steals.

"I was just really comfortable with Duke," said Wojciechowski, 17, who has drawn comparisons to former Duke guard Bobby Hurley.

The Pasadena resident also has said he will sign "as early as possible" during the NCAA's early signing period, which begins Nov. 10.

"He visited Wake Forest last weekend and Duke this weekend, and he came in and told us today [Monday] after school that he had made up his mind," said Gibbons assistant basketball coach Mike Dahlem. "He feels he fits in well there academically, and he really likes the staff."

After visiting with Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski, Wojciechowski turned down Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, St. John's and North Carolina.

He ranked third in his junior class last year with a 3.88 grade-point average and scored 1050 on his Scholastic Assessment Test and 26 on his American College Test.

"Basically, when you feel comfortable like that, you can't ignore that feeling," Wojciechowski said. "I feel I'll really fit in with the coaches, the players and the students. Everything just felt right."

"He's an excellent point guard, and he'll be a good one for them with their four good players around him. He's made a great decision," Gibbons coach Ray Mullis said. "He's an excellent defensive player, and he'll have a lot of freedom to run the offense. I think that's why they recruited him so heavily."

An All-City soccer player, Wojciechowski has scored six of Gibbons' eight goals this season.

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