CAMBRIDGE — The War Memorial Gymnasium has been the starting point for many standout Cambridge Rindge & Latin basketball players, ranging from Patrick Ewing, Lance Dottin, Rumeal Robinson and Omo Moses to recent stars such as Louie Ford and Isaiah McLeod.
It was only fitting that Jakigh Dottin returned home to sign his letter of intent.
The two-time Boston Herald Dream Team point guard announced Monday that he would be playing his basketball at Towson University in the fall of 2018. Dottin is currently doing a postgraduate year at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut.
“The (Towson) coaching staff believed in me when others didn’t,” Dottin said. “I believe I have an opportunity to go there and play. The academics are great and the environment was what I wanted it to be. It also gives me a chance to come home and have my family see me when we play at Northeastern.”
A rare, four-year starter at Cambridge, Dottin led the Falcons to a pair of Division 1 state titles and a current 45-game winning streak. He averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 5.2 rebounds last season and concluded his career with more than 1,000 points and 500 assists.
“For us, it just felt like a really good fit,” said Falcons head coach and Jakigh’s uncle, Lance Dottin. “Coach (Pat) Skerry is a Massachusetts guy and coach (Kevin) Clark coached with coach (Mike) Jarvis at St. John’s. We think Towson is getting a good point guard and a good leader.”
Dottin’s AAU coach, Leo Papile of the BABC, was in attendance. He feels Dottin could step right in and make an impact in a league noted for good guard play.
“A lot of the teams in the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) play three guards, they go three out and two in,” Papile said. “Taking the extra year at Woodstock is big because he’s now going to go heading to Towson as an 18-year-old.
“People ask me what is Jakigh on the court. I tell them he is a winner. He’s like a running back who always gets into the end zone. He’ll move the chains and won’t turn the ball over.”