All Earl Potts Jr. wanted was to find a Division I school where he could play basketball, study business and graphic design, and be relatively close to New York City for internship opportunities.
In Fairleigh Dickinson, Potts found everything he was looking for. The former Archbishop Spalding star signed with the Knights this week.
"[I feel] relieved," Potts said Wednesday. "It's very good for my family. My family is really happy, so it's good."
"Earl is not only an incredible athlete, but he is very skilled and will add another dimension to our front court," FDU coach Greg Herenda said in a news release. "We are really happy to receive his commitment."
A 6-foot-6, 195-pound wing, Potts was a four-year varsity player for the Cavaliers. As a senior, he earned Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro honors after averaging 17.8 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 blocked shots. In the offseason, he played well for the Cecil Kirk AAU program.
But after missing out on NCAA qualifying standards, Potts left Maryland for Belmar, N.J., where he spent the past year as a post-grad student at Coastal Academy.
"I got better at prep school," Potts said. "I got bigger. I just really evolved my game in prep school, ball-handling and shooting-wise. When I was in high school, I was mainly just a slasher. I could shoot a little bit, but it really improved at prep school."
Potts got his academics in order and was named to the 2014 National Prep School Invitational All-Tournament Team, and the recruiting process began to pick up. He was heavily recruited by Delaware State as well, but Fairleigh Dickinson stood out immediately for basketball and academic reasons.
"I'm going to major in business, and probably minor in something related to fashion," said Potts, who launched his own clothing line, Yonder, about two years ago. "They have graphic design there, which is what I want to do. It's 30 minutes away from New York City, so it's good for internships."
Potts said he's looking forward to competing for minutes at the 3 as a freshman. He plans on bringing aggressiveness on both ends of the floor at FDU.
"I can possibly start if I go in and work hard," Potts said. "The location is good, it's good for my major, and the basketball team, when I went on the visit, we really clicked."