Citadel basketball has received a verbal commitment from Nadi Beciri, a 6-7, 240-pound post player from Bergen (N.J.) Catholic High School.

Beciri averaged 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds for a 20-5 team, and was named first-team all-Bergen County.

"He had a monster senior year for us," said Bergen Catholic coach Billy Armstrong, who played college ball at Davidson. "We play a really tough inner-city, parochial school schedule, so he's been battle-tested against some of the top teams in the country.

"Nadi is a traditional back to the basket, throwback player. I tell people he's a poor man's Kevin McHale -- square shoulders, long arms, strong hands. He's great at eating up space in the post. If he was one inch taller or jumped a little higher, he'd be a high-major Division I player."

Armstrong said Beciri had a "host" of offers from local Division II schools, and late interest from Division I teams Wagner and Long Island University.