PULASKI, NY – Caleb Sedore, a 6’10” center for the Pulaski Blue Devils basketball team, signed a letter of intent to play Division I basketball for the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks.
In a special ceremony surrounded by a huge crowd of family and friends, Sedore committed to play for the Mountain Hawks and said the choice was easy for him citing the good relationship with the coaching staff and the team’s outlook for the future.
Pulaski Senior High School Principal Jay Altobello pointed out the rarity of an athlete signing to play for a Division I school, and even more so to be signing to play basketball, with Sedore being the first in recent history.
Altobello and Athletic Director Jeff Shirley both praised Sedore’s talent and ability but also praised him for the hard work he had done to achieve this accomplishment.
Even though he has committed to play for Lehigh next year, Sedore is not looking too far ahead and is instead focusing on the coming high school basketball season. Sedore averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game last year and predicts a good season for the Blue Devils basketball team this season.
“We’re league favorites,” he said adding, “and we’ll do what it takes to get the job done.”
Pulaski’s first varsity basketball game of the season will be on December 3 at Port Byron.
A quiet and humble young man, standing head and shoulders above others in the room, Sedore stands out for more than his physical appearance.
He shares his success with his teammates and credits much of his success to the support and direction he received from the coaching staff, saying, “Coach [Jordan] Fahnestock’s practices are intense.”
But also credits Fahnestock’s guidance for helping shape his basketball talent and keeping him focused.
Coach Fahnestock praised Sedore’s work ethic and commitment to improving in the game for his success.
Of the Division I scholarship, Fahnestock said, “This goes to prove that hard work pays off. These things don’t happen by accident.”
Talking about the talent and hard work that Caleb put into his basketball, he used the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”
But added, “Caleb has sucked the pond dry!”
When Fahnestock began to coach Sedore, he pulled him aside and said to him, “If you want it, you’re going to be a Division I basketball player.”
Sedore obviously wanted it and worked to put in the effort and hard work to make it happen.
“The second thing this [signing] proves,” said Fahnestock, “Is that good things happen to good people. I don’t have any children yet, but when I do, it would be great if my son could be like Caleb.”
The date of the signing held additional significance for Sedore, as the date, November 12, also marked his 18th birthday.