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Christian Fermin (Tim Drewes Photo)

St. Bonaventure makes offer to Fermin

Christian Fermin has a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I scholarship offer for the third time this summer.

Atlantic 10 Conference member St. Bonaventure is the latest to make an offer to the 6-foot-8 NEPA Elite Coyle 17U forward Christian Fermin.

Fermin, one of the leading factors in the Coyle team going 6-1 over the past three weekends, previously received Division I offers from Hofstra and Central Connecticut State. Prior to joining the first-year AAU team out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton, he had an offer from Division II Lincoln University.

The 6-foot-8 rising junior from Pocono Mountain West leads the Coyle team in rebounds and blocked shots.

While stopping opposing offenses as they attempt to approach the basket, Fermin is often also starting the NEPA Elite transition game.

“The blocks that are most noticeable are the ones he pins on the board or punches out of bounds,” coach Brian Coyle said. “But he deters a lot of shots, too, and that just leads to missed shots and us getting rebounds.”

Fermin blocked six shots in the first of the team’s three straight wins to claim the title of the 17U Gold Division Saturday and Sunday at The Origin, a Marquee Sports event in Downingtown. He had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in the 54-51 overtime victory over Team Final Red in the championship game.

Fermin was Pocono Mountain West’s top player as a sophomore, receiving honorable mention when the East Penn Conference selected its all-stars.

St. Bonaventure went 19-10, including 11-7 in the conference in 2019-20. The Olean, N.Y. school’s lineup includes Hazleton Area graduate Bobby Planutis, who played his AAU basketball out of Riverfront Sports for the JB Hoops AAU team.


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