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Niagara adds shooting guard from Long Island

The Niagara University men's basketball signed a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from one of Long Island's top high school teams. The Purple Eagles confirmed the addition of Shane Gatling of Baldwin High School in Nassau County.

Gatling earned second-team Class AA all-state honors after averaging 18 points, five rebounds and three assists for Baldwin, which went 22-2.

Gatling is the second recruit of the spring for Niagara coach Chris Casey, joining Detroit point guard James Towns, and brings the Purple Eagles' roster to 10 players. Niagara has three available scholarshipos remaining.

"Shane adds shooting and scoring to our lineup," Casey said. "He is an athletic guard who can put the ball in the basket a number of ways."

Gatling scored 26 points in Baldwin's Long Island Class AA title-game win over Half Hollow Hills. He had 29 points in a state semifinal loss to Middleton. He was a three-year starter. Other schools interested in him included North Carolina A&T, Rider, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (NY) and Saint Peter's.

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