Ryan Fitzgerald commits to Norwich University

Winchester High School senior Ryan Fitzgerald committed to Norwich University on Tuesday. The 6’2″ wing will have some company from Massachusetts, as he will join three holdovers from the state on the team next year.

He will follow the lead of his older brother, though not to the same school, as Craig was a three-year varsity player at Winchester and is now playing at RPI.

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Winchester High School’s Ryan Fitzgerald (Eric Polli photo)

Fitzgerald has made a big leap in the last year to make himself a college prospect, especially in the off-season. His work there made him ready for the team’s entry into the Beantown Slam League in the fall, where he played for former Winchester and Harvard forward Doug Miller. There, they were usually without star forward Michael Grassey, who was the quarterback for the football team, so he had to step into a bigger role right away.

From there and during the season, he developed his game as a slasher and went on to average 12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and two assists per game this year, capped off by a 22-point outing in his last game. In that game, he went 9-13 from the field and also had six rebounds and four steals. Fitzgerald has some length and will join a team that will lose five seniors from this season’s team, and they have just two juniors on the current roster. That means they will be relatively young, and he should get a chance to earn immediate minutes.

Winchester had a tough season this year, going 5-15, and Fitzgerald was one of the bright spots. The Sachems lost a lot of contributors from last season’s team and thus were in a rebuilding mode.

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