Don't be surprised if Central Connecticut State University and Pittsburgh find a way to bang basketball heads at least once over the next four seasons.
Brian Wanamaker will be pushin' for it.
Wanamaker, a 6-2, 190-pound guard for Roman Catholic High's Catholic League champions, yesterday signed a letter of intent with CCSU after enjoying a weekend visit. His twin brother, Bradley, also a guard and the Daily News City Player of the Year, long ago signed with Pitt.
"I'd be trying to shut him down," Brian said.
Brian made an unofficial visit last spring to CCSU's campus in New Britain, and liked what he saw. No offer was made at that time and he forged ahead "very confident" that he'd "sooner or later" earn a Division I scholarship.
"I worked hard and had a good season," he said.
Roman assistant Rasool Gresham said he was planning to line up visits to UMBC, St. Peter's and Long Island University when Wanamaker told him he was more than satisfied with CCSU.
"It was a great visit," he said. "I went to classes with a player. Made a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame [in nearby Springfield, Mass.]. Got to see what the players go through every day.
"The head coach [Howie Dickenman] took me to breakfast twice. The assistants took me to dinner twice. Plus, I had two private meetings with the head coach. He told me he likes my style of play and that I won't have any problems as long as I continue to work hard. And he knows I'll do that."
CCSU is about to become Philly North-by-Northeast. Two Imhotep Charter products, guard Jermaine Washington and forward Tamir John-son, have signed with the Blue Devils for next season.
"I know both of them," Wanamaker said. "Jermaine plays on my Sonny Hill League team. It'll be good to be around guys from Philly I can trust."
Wanamaker, who plans to major in business, expressed appreciation for the support he receives from his father, Bradley Sr., even going back to numerous car rides all over the AAU circuit as a much younger player. Gresham, Roman's total community and two neighborhood mentors/coaches, Larry Waiters and Jimmy Richardson, have also been important.
Upon his return, Wanamaker kidded with Gresham that he'd gained weight during his visit.
"My best meal was a big batch of barbecued ribs,' he said.