Dave Bike Announces Signing of Wallingford's Phil Gaetano to NLI

Phil Gaetano of Wallingford Signs National Letter of Intent with Sacred Heart

FAIRFIELD, CT (November 23, 2010) - Sacred Heart head men's basketball coach Dave Bike announced the signing of student-athlete Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, CT/Sheehan H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period.  Gaetano will join the Pioneers in the fall of 2011. 

"Phil has great court vision and is the type of player that makes everyone around him better," commented Bike.  "His work ethic and basketball IQ make him exactly the type of player we were looking for in a point guard."

Gaetano is a 5-11 guard from Wallingford, Connecticut who played at Sheehan High School and spent a year at Choate Rosemary Hall Prepatory School.  Gaetano, a McDonald's All-American nominee, played for his father; head coach Joe Gaetano at Sheehan where he led his team to the Class M State Championship as a senior, earning the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. 

He averaged 16.0 points, 11.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals per game and set a new school record with 705 career assists.  Gaetano was named a team captain and earned All-Housatonic Division honors as well as the New Haven Register All-Area and New Haven Tap-Off Club All-Area honors. 

Gaetano is the ninth player from Connecticut to sign with Sacred Heart over the last five years.

"Phil is a student-athlete in every sense of the word and we know he will be an asset to our program and the university both on and off the court.  We are thrilled to have Phil join our program and continue our tradition of getting some of the top-players in the State of Connecticut."

Gaetano is also a standout in the classroom ranking in the top five percent of his graduating class.  He was a three-year member of the Student Council and recipient of the Certificate of Outstanding Work and Leadership in English.  He was named a Sports Center of Connecticut Scholar Athlete of the Month as well as a Meriden Record Journal Scholar Athlete. 

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