Nate Pierre-Louis had plenty of college options but felt that Temple was the best fit. The 6-foot-4 senior from New Jersey power Roselle Catholic, made a verbal commitment to Temple on Saturday, announcing his choice on Twitter.

Pierre-Louis considers himself a point guard, although he can play shooting guard or small forward.

"I liked (assistant) coach Aaron McKie, coach (Fran) Dunpy, the way they play, the conference they are in and it was just the right fit with Temple," Pierre-Louis said in a phone interview.

Pierre-Louis says he chose Temple over Vanderbilt, Michigan and Georgia Tech. Temple is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Last season in his first year at Roselle Catholic after transferring from St. Benedict's, Pierre-Louis averaged 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Roselle Catholic lost to perennial national power St. Anthony, 53-37, in last year's New Jersey  Non-Public B championship.

"He is very athletic, who shoots it pretty well, plays well above the rim and he will come in and bring energy and effort," said Roselle Catholic coach Dave Boff.

Pierre-Louis attracted even more interest by having a strong summer.

He will enter Temple with an offensive mentality.

"He has great ability to score the basketball," Boff said. "The thing I think colleges love the most about him is his energy and effort is just consistent."


Pierre-Louis says he is looking forward to the high school season, especially since he no longer has to worry about recruiting.

"It feel realy great," he said. "It is like a big weight off my shoudlers and I am really and excited to be part of the Temple family."