When I was 8 years old, I watched a basketball game with my Dad and remember how exciting it was. The next day, I was out in our backyard with a basketball and the passion and the love of the game grew from there. My dream of becoming a professional basketball player was born that year and I’ve been working, learning and pursuing that passion ever since.
I moved from NY to PA which took me out of my comfort zone going from knowing everyone and being involved in actively involved sports from the age of 5, to having to start over and make new friends. In moving, I learned how strong that passion for basketball was as well as my work ethic, when I tried out for the high school basketball team in 9th grade and didn’t make it. I was devastated. I was determined to workout, improve my skills and speed and I did just that, all spring and all summer and not only made the HS team in my Sophomore year, but then tried out and made a National AAU team that spring. I was excited to make the National team and see my hard work pay off. This off season, while playing AAU tournaments and practicing twice a week, I also started working with a Personal Trainer to help me go from a skinny tall athlete to a more powerful athlete. I went from 173 lbs in May of 2018 to 225 lbs by Sept of 2018, through weight training and nutrition modification. My AAU team from East Coast Power went 32 -12 - which was awesome!
I was blessed to make one more major shift in the fall of 2018, which was to enroll at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School, where I tried out and made the basketball team. Coach Mosco and the rest of the coaching staff are awesome and my teammates are like family. Playing at that level and continuing to work to improve and grow as a player has been great.
Knowing that I want to be an NCAA athlete and part of a great men's college basketball program while getting my college education, I focused on my grades and proved to myself that I could juggle school, working out and basketball with very good results. I’m empowered to keep growing and improving.
In the fall of 2018, I got some validation of my efforts with a great media mention: http://www.phenomhoopreport.com/pt-2-city-of-basketball-love-exposure-camp/ Here's what Chick Gillispie had to say:
Dominick Borzacchiello 6’6” ’20 Council Rock North HS (Newtown, PA) – Being that I did not see CR North last season Borzacchiello was pretty much an unknown to me so I was pleasantly surprised with how he performed today and I definitely want to catch him in a game this season. He did a solid job on the boards in the one game I watched and he was tough inside scoring against his opponents at the rim and with a nice looking jump shot from the FT line and in. He threw several crisp kick out passes to open shooters and was quick to roll off those dishes to get position for a return feed. He did a credible job on defense bodying up his man and was especially effective on help situations getting a couple blocks in the process. He was intriguing for sure and absolutely deserves further scrutiny.