Daily Journal Sports File
Frankie Ferrari, shown here during his sophomore season at Burlingame, has verbally committed to play at USF next winter. He played at Riordan last year but is back at Burlingame.
The last few years have been a whirlwind for Frankie Ferrari. After his sophomore year at Burlingame High, the 5-11 basketball guard transferred to Riordan in San Francisco for his junior season last year.
This year, he is back at Burlingame and awaiting word from the Central Coast Section on his eligibility.
At least Ferrari knows where he’ll be after he graduates high school, however. Thursday, Ferrari verbally committed to play basketball and attend school at University of San Francisco.
“It’s just good people (at USF),” Ferrari said. “It’s a great place to be. Coach (Rex) Walters and his staff are really caring.”
Ferrari said USF showed interest in him at the beginning of summer and offered him a scholarship about two weeks ago.
USF was far from the only school interested in Ferrari’s skills. He said between 15 and 20 other schools were also in the running for his services, including the likes of St. Mary’s and Santa Clara. Ferrari selected the Dons for a number of reasons.
“Ultimately, it was a place I wanted to go,” Ferrari said, adding the opportunity to play close to home factored into the decision.
“I’m thankful for (all) the schools recruiting me. It was an exciting process.”
Ferrari becomes the second player of Burlingame within the last decade to commit to play basketball up on The Hilltop. Former Panther star Drew Shiller, after graduating from Burlingame in 2005, played one year at USF before transferring to Stanford.
Last season with the Crusaders, Ferrari averaged 10.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and one steal per game as they finished the year with a record of 20-12 overall and 7-7 in the rugged West Catholic Athletic League. Riordan advanced to the semifinals of the CCS Open Division, as well as the Division IV finals of the Northern California tournament.
“It was a good experience playing in a tough league,” Ferrari said of playing in the WCAL.
Despite his limbo status playing at Burlingame this season, “I think it’s still in the hands of CCS,” Ferrari said, he was not concerned about his prospects of playing at the next level if his senior season was somehow truncated. He said he already had other scholarship offers from a couple other college programs.
“Even if I didn’t play my senior year, there were still going to be scholarship offers coming in,” Ferrari said.
Besides, he said the club scene is much more important to the recruiting process than playing in high school, although the high school season still has its benefits.
“If you don’t play club basketball, it’s hard to get noticed (by college coaches),” Ferrari said. “But once you get noticed in club, they’ll watch you [in] high school.”
Ferrari played for the Lunardi club team and did well playing in several NCAA-sanctioned tournaments throughout the spring and summer. It won the Nor Cal Tipoff in San Francisco and made it to the quarterfinals in a tournament in Los Angeles. Lunardi then went to a tournament in Kansas City where it went 2-2.
“Overall, it was a great summer,” Ferrari said. “A lot of guys got great exposure, which is what it’s really all about.”