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Niagara hoops adds sought-after 6-7 recruit from Brooklyn, Marvin Prochet

Niagara University’s men’s basketball team program has added 6-foot-7 forward Marvin Prochet of Brooklyn as the eighth member of its recruiting class, the Purple Eagles announced Thursday.

Prochet missed the first two months of his senior season at Long Island Lutheran due to a fractured leg but helped the school reach the state semifinals. He appears to be a strong recruit for Niagara coach Chris Casey. According to various reports, he had offers this spring from Iona, Monmouth, Quinnipiac, Maine, St. Francis and Fairleigh Dickinson, in addition to Niagara.

“Marvin comes from an outstanding program and has great versatility as a player,” Casey said in a statement. “He can score the ball in a variety of ways and guard multiple positions. He has character, a strong work ethic, and will be a positive contributor to our program immediately.”

Prochet was slowed some upon his return from the leg injury this season but finished with an average of 10 points and seven rebounds a game. He was Lutheran’s top player as a junior, averaging 12 points and eight rebounds. He told reporters late in the 2014 season that he had drawn interest from Minnesota, Seton Hall and Dayton, among others, and an offer from St. Bonaventure.

Prochet spent his first two seasons at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn.

Given Niagara’s need in the front-court, Prochet has a good chance to see significant time and maybe start as a freshman. The Purple Eagles could be without their top forward, Dominique Reid, who is facing three felony counts due to arrests in the past year.

Six of Niagara’s eight new recruits will be able to play right away.

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