Niagara adds prolific scorer to incoming class

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NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – The Niagara University men’s basketball program has signed Dominik Fragala, one of the most prolific scorers in Virginia high school basketball history, to a National Letter of Intent as the first signee of the 2017 recruiting class.

“Dom is a great addition to our program,” head coach Chris Casey said.  “He shoots the ball at a high level and has the ability to pass and make plays for his teammates.  His scoring prowess showed in his senior year and that will translate to the MAAC throughout his career.”

Fragala’s senior season was one for the ages as he set numerous school and state records while attending John Champe High School in Aldie, Va. Fragala passed one Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer on the state’s single-season scoring list while almost breaking the record which is held by another Hall of Famer. Fragala scored 922 points, which are the third most in Virginia High School League history, ahead of 2001 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Moses Malone, who scored 896 points for Petersburg High School in 1974. Fragala was 27 points away from breaking the scoring record held by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and 11-Time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson, who scored 948 points for Bethel High School in 1993.

Fragala, who scored in double figures in all 25 games, averaged 36.9 points per game, which led the state and was second in the nation. Fragala connected 273 out of 311 free throws (88 percent) to set a new state record for most free throws made in a single season.  He made 91 3-pointers, 188 two-pointers and had 12 30-point games, seven 40-point games, one 50-point game and one 60-point game.

Fragala set a school record with 63 points in a double overtime victory of Freedom-South Riding on Dec. 16. He scored 28 of his 63 points from the free-throw line which set a state record. The 63 points are the most in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) since 1984.

Fragala collected VHSL 4A All-State Second Team accolades, along with First-Team All-Met, First-Team All-district and All-Region, as well as being selected the 2017 Conference 22 Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Fragala was also selected to play in the fourth annual NOVA Challenge, a high school event showcasing Northern Virginia’s top public school seniors. Fragala scored a team-high 25 points en route to being named Loudoun’s Most Valuable Player in the 130-128 win. Fragala was also selected to play for the Surburban All-Stars in the 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic, the nation’s most legendary high school basketball All-American game, in Washington D.C.

After previously attending Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., Fragala spent the last two seasons at Champe High School. In his junior season, he averaged 18.3 points per game, including a team-leading 67 3-pointers and shooting 86.3 percent (126-for-146) from the free-throw line. He earned 4A All-State Second Team honors.

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