Xaverian senior guard Brian Bernardi still plans on attending SMU, in light of the recent firing of coach Matt Doherty. He currently has no intention of asking out from his signed National Letter of Intent, but said there is a possibility that could change.
"I'm still going to SMU right now," Bernardi told ESPNNewYork.com Saturday before participating in the Battle for the City. "I'm just waiting for the new coach and I'll talk it over with him and my parents but I'm still going to SMU right now."
SMU fired Doherty on March 13 following a 13-19 season, his sixth year at the school, and has yet to hire a new coach. Bernardi, a sharpshooter, wants to see who the new coach is and talk with him before making any final decision about his future.
"It was tough because I built a good relationship with him and he came to a lot of my games and he's seen a lot of them," Bernardi said of Doherty. "It's something you have to deal with and I have to see who the new coach is."
Bernardi said that Doherty called him when he was fired and they talked about the situation. The senior said he likes the school a lot and likes the direction of the program. SMU, currently in Conference USA, is slated to join the Big East in 2013.
He plans on going to Dallas on June 31 for a month of summer classes and he's been in contact with coach Jerry Hobbie, who was not fired from the staff.
"It's a little tough waiting but right now I'm just training and trying to get it out of my head," Bernardi said. "It's a waiting game right now."
Bernardi said he has been working out a lot as he prepares college, trying to become more athletic. He's also been working on his ball handling and continuing to improve his shot.
The sniper averaged 18.5 points this season for Xaverian, which finished the season 18-10. He was named first-team All-CHSAA by the league.