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2021 First Love Guard Mike Iuzzolino Jr., Son of RMU Assistant, Commits to Bryant

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On Saturday evening, First Love’s Mike Iuzzolino Jr. pledged his commitment to play basketball at Bryant.

“It has been a rough year to be a recruit in the 2021 class so thank you to all the coaches that have recruited me throughout this process,” Iuzzolino said in a tweet. “I am blessed to say that I will be committing to Bryant University to play my dream of Division 1 basketball.”

The 6-foot-3 combo guard played for three schools throughout his high school career, moving from nearby North Allegheny to Canterbury (CT), and finally back to the Pittsburgh area to play for First Love.

Prior to his commitment, Iuzzolino received offers from three division one schools: Bryant, Sacred Heart, and Robert Morris. His father, Mike Iuzzolino Sr., is currently an assistant coach at Robert Morris.

Back in May of 2020, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Iuzzolino and spoke with him about receiving an offer from his dad’s program.

“It’s funny because everyone thinks my dad had something to do with it, but he had nothing to do with it,” he said. “He actually wanted nothing to do with offering me and didn’t want to be involved. Coach Toole was the one that actually called and offered me the scholarship. He told me that I’m someone that’s able to make a lot of shots at a high percentage, someone that can make tough shots, he likes how competitive and my work ethic. I’ve worked to get to this point because I’m in the gym every single day shooting and lifting, I don’t take days off. He told me that if I do end up going to RMU, that I have a chance to really help them and hopefully one day win championships.”

However, in the end, Iuzzolino opted to play for another school. Bryant is led by head coach Jared Grosso, who is coming off a solid season leading the program to a 15-7 record and an NEC Championship game appearance. The team came up short in that one, falling 73-68 to Mount Saint Marys. However, overall, the program had a very solid year and is in good position to contend for more championships in Iuzzolino’s time there.

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