Wednesday, April 24, 2013
SG Severe stays local, signs with Rams
By Adam Finkelstein
Fordham made a late score in the Class of 2013 Wednesday as Jon Severe (Middle Village, N.Y./Christ The King) committed to the Rams during a live press conference.
Severe had been one of the most widely pursued guards left on the board and chose Fordham over other offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and West Virginia, among others.
The 6-foot-2 scoring guard is best known for his ability to make shots from long-range, but he is a more versatile scorer than he is often given credit for and is just as dangerous attacking off the dribble as he is pulling up from deep.
He’ll have every opportunity to make an immediate impact in the Atlantic 10 and potentially even be a four-year starter for the Rams, who went 7-24 this past season and have been searching for a signature talent since head coach Tom Pecora arrived in the Bronx three years ago.
The commitment is a huge for Pecora, not only because he was able to beat out numerous high-major schools to land a highly talented prospect, but also because it speaks to the Rams building momentum on the recruiting trail.
Severe’s commitment comes just two weeks after Fordham scored a verbal pledge from another high-major caliber New Yorker in Dobbs Ferry junior forward Eric Paschall.
By landing commitments from both Paschall and Severe, the Rams appear to be on the verge of becoming a trendy destination for some of the greater New York City area’s top prospects. And it’s safe to say the program is on the rise in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Severe becomes the third player to sign with Fordham in the senior class, joining 6-foot-10 big man Manny Suarez (Cliffside Park, N.J./Marist High School) and 6-foot-5 swingman Jake Fay (Lynn, Mass./Brimmer & May).