It's official: Bryce Daley signs Letter of Intent to play basketball at UMass Lowell
It is official — Bryce Daley is a River Hawk.
Daley, a rising senior at Salisbury School in Connecticut and a Pittsfield native, signed his national Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning, committing him to play basketball at UMass Lowell, where he will play for Dalton native Pat Duquette.
Wednesday was the first day of the early signing period, and Daley was flanked by basketball coach Harlan Dodson and athletic director Tim Sinclair during ceremonies at Salisbury's Flood Athletic Center.
"It feels good," to have signed, Daley said. "It's a relief. I'm looking forward to this high school season too."
Daley made his verbal commitment to UMass Lowell back in August. He started his high school career at Pittsfield, transferring to Phillips Exeter before moving to Salisbury last year.
"He's a multi-dimensional guard wh can play both positions," Duquette said right after receiving the LOI. "He's got great size and athleticism, and he's skilled. He has a great [basketball] I.Q."
Daley is the son of Rocky and Heidi Daley of Pittsfield, and Duquette said having a Berkshire County kid on his team made him smile.
"It's really exciting. I had to be careful to make sure I wasn't over-excited," Duquette said. "I watched his dad play baseball with my brother Jim in Dalton [with the Collegians]. I played against his uncles at St. Joseph."
Daley, who is ranked ninth in Connecticut and 37th in New England according to the New England Recruiting Report, is part of a three-man class of fall signees for UMass Lowell. Shooting guard Alex Rivera of Lowell High School, the No. 11 player in Massachusetts and No. 23 in New England, and 6-foot-8 frontcourt player Darius Henderson of Pasadena, Calif., are the other Lowell November signees.
Salisbury has an annual signing day ceremony. It was where Pittsfield native Jake Hescock signed his LOI to play Division I football a couple of years ago.
For Daley, just putting pen to paper was exciting.
"It was, I don't know, hard to put into words," he said during a phone interview with The Eagle after the festivities. "It was an awesome feeling. It's good to have it done. It was something that I've been waiting for for a long time now."
It also ends what has been an arduous journey for Daley, who suffered through knee pain while growing. That limited his playing time during the journey.
"It's been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs. I always had that one goal in mind, and I kept working towards it," he said. "It's good to see that everything paid off, and everything I went through was worth it."
Daley's Salisbury School team will begin playing games on Dec. 2, when Dodson's squad travels to Avon Old Farm. Salisbury will have its home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 6, against Berkshire School at 3 p.m.
The Crimson Knights will travel to Dodson's college alma mater on Monday, Jan. 8, when they play the Williams College junior varsity team at 5:30 p.m.
"I'm just going to have a fun year and try to win a championship," said Daley. "It does take a lot off, that I can go out there and just have fun now."
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