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Patch featured Setter Senior Basketball player Jackie DelliSanti in "Commack Native Reflects On College Basketball Career"

04/30/2020

Patch featured Setter Senior Basketball player Jackie DelliSanti in "Commack Native Reflects On College Basketball Career"

Jackie DelliSanti spoke about representing Commack at Pace University, what's next for her and helping the community during the coronavirus.    

 Jackie DelliSanti's collegiate basketball career recently came to an end. While she's preparing to move on to the next chapter of her life, she hopes her involvement in the sport will fill many pages to come.

The 22-year-old Commack resident had a four-year stint playing for Pace University. While the team's first-round playoff exit this year prevented its season from ending prematurely due to the new coronavirus, DelliSanti said her playing career at Pace ending was "bittersweet." Representing Commack, though, was something she continuously enjoyed — especially given the support from the community.

"That was honestly something very fun, because the last person you know for basketball from Commack was Samantha Prahalis," DelliSanti told Patch. "When you have this opportunity and doing well these four years, it was nice to still hear from faculty, coaches and teachers. I would hear from players I played with, and they're all supporting me. I know I had to do them right and keep being so successful for them. It was nice to give Commack some credit for that, as far as the student athlete they produced."

DelliSanti graduated Commack High School in 2016. In her junior and senior years, the team won back-to-back Suffolk County and Long Island championships. Those two seasons, DelliSanti, who played guard, led the team in points, rebounds and steals, and was second in assists. She finished her high school career with 1,250 points and 750 rebounds and was named Newsday's 2016 Suffolk County Player of the Year.

After joining the Pace team in fall 2016, DelliSanti had similar success, finishing her college career with 1,298 points, 724 rebounds and 248 assists in 111 games. In her junior year, DelliSanti was named team MVP. As a senior, she led the team in points and rebounds, and was second in assists.

Once she graduates in spring, DelliSanti will remain at Pace — but as a graduate student — as she's pursuing a teaching career in history and special education, as well as physical education. While her playing days at Pace are in the rear view mirror, she said she's "twiddling" with the idea of sticking with the team as a grad assistant. The coronavirus adds a cloud of uncertainty, however. She said it'd be nice to get experience so that when she gets a teaching gig, she can also take up coaching.

DelliSanti said it would be "very nice" to return to her roots and become a teacher at Commack.

"I still have so many contacts there and so much connection," she said. "Going back to where everything originated from. There's a 'no-place-like-home' feeling. I know they'd be very warm and welcoming, and that'd be a nice environment I'd like to work in."

With the coronavirus negatively impacting people across the world, DelliSanti wanted to help her community. Her trainer at the Salvation Army gym, Ralph Rosetti, owns a truck and has been delivering food donations to families and organizations in need.

"I think it's an awesome thing to do," DelliSanti said

Read the full Patch article.