NEPA Elite Coyle 17U forward Christian Fermin received his first National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I scholarship offering following the team’s opening weekend of competition.
The 6-foot-8 rising junior received all-star recognition for his performance as a sophomore at Pocono Mountain West. He received honorable mention from the East Penn Conference making him the only player on his team named to the all-stars.
Fermin came to the new AAU club out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton with an existing Division II offer from Lincoln University. He received more interest after helping the Coyle team go 3-0 and sweep Pool E of the 17U Division of the Pennsylvania Tip-Off, a Hoop Group event at East Stroudsburg University Saturday and Sunday.
Fermin led the team in rebounds (19) and blocked shots (7) during the Pennsylvania Tip-Off. He grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in the opening 60-40 win over York Ballers and finished the event with 13 points.
Hofstra was 26-8 and had earned a berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I tournament before it was canceled because of the coronavirus. The Pride earned their first shot at March Madness since 2001 by winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament after a 14-4 regular season.
The NEPA Elite Coyle team is competing in the Hoop Group Showcase League this season and beat its first two HGSL opponents while at East Stroudsburg.