Dom Adduci sought a highly regarded academic school that played in a competitive, Division I conference, preferably somewhat close to home.
Drake met each of those criteria for the St. Charles East senior, and on Friday, Adduci verbally committed to play college basketball for the Bulldogs.
“People have said you’ll know the school that’s the right fit for you when you go,” Adduci said. “I just got that feeling. I visited Drake over spring break and just got that feeling from the coaching staff down to the faculty down to the people on the basketball team now. … I just fell in love with it.”
Adduci said Drake will offer some scholarship money and “see where that goes from there.” The 6-foot point guard last month capped his three-year run as a key cog in the Saints’ backcourt after transferring from Wheaton Academy.
Adduci informed Drake assistant coach Todd Townsend of his decision Friday evening. Adduci said he also considered fellow D-I programs Loyola and California-Davis as well as D-II Lewis University.
Located in Des Moines, Iowa, Drake is coming off a 15-16 season in its first year under coach Ray Giacoletti, a former assistant at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are trying to work their way up the pecking order in a Missouri Valley Conference headlined in recent seasons by national powerhouse Wichita State.
“They play good teams night in, night out,” Adduci said. “The MVC is really known as one of the best mid-major conferences around, and that definitely was something exciting, too. I want to try to play the best competition possible and take my game to the next level. To do that, you have to play against better players day in and day out, and that’s something really exciting to me.”
Adduci overcame injury adversity each of the past two seasons to lead East in scoring, including a 19.2 scoring average as a senior. He credited Dr. Eric Hestrup, player development coach Jeff Pagliocca and Saints coach Pat Woods for positioning him to reach his childhood dream of playing D-I ball.
“All those guys have really been beneficial to me to help me in one way, shape or form, and I wouldn’t be here without them,” he said.