Former York College standout Matt Scamuffo is taking the next step on his basketball and academic journey.
This step will take him all the way to Ireland.
Scamuffo has been selected to participate in the 2019 Victory Scholars program. Scamuffo graduated from York with a degree in mathematics and minors in finance and economics, with an undergraduate grade-point average of 3.76.
The Victory Scholars Program consists of student-athletes who excelled in their academics and sport, primarily basketball, in American universities during their undergraduate studies. Scamuffo, after surviving a rigorous selection process, will study for a postgraduate masters degree at the Limerick Institute of Technology.
"I am beyond excited and thankful for the opportunity to join the Sport Changes Life family as a Victory Scholar for the 2018-2019 year," Scamuffo said in a news release. "I cannot wait to contribute and make an impact in the Irish community. I am also looking forward to continuing my basketball career and beginning my postgraduate education. I cannot thank (York College) coach (Matt) Hunter and the York College men's basketball program enough for helping me grow as a player and more importantly a person."
Hunter is thrilled for his former player, who averaged 12.7 points per game last season, helping York to a 24-5 record, a Capital Athletic Conference title and an NCAA Division III playoff berth.
"I am proud to see Matt get the opportunity to further his education, continue his basketball career, and make an impact on the youth basketball players around Limerick," Hunter said. "Matt truly embodies the characteristics that we value in the York College men's basketball program. He is a young man that displays great character, a desire to be the best he can be and, most importantly, being a great citizen. This is going to be a fantastic experience for Matt."
Scamuffo finished his Spartan career as the 12th-leading scorer in school history with 1,386 points during his four-year career. He was third in career 3-point field goals (239), 11th in free throws made (277), tied for sixth in games played (106), third in games started (97) and ninth in career minutes (3,020).
In addition to their studies, the Victory Scholars act as local basketball advocates, as well as team builders and mentors for young people in Ireland.
The Victory Scholars also take on roles as ambassadors for the upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic presented by Sport Changes Life, which will take place Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1 at the SSE Arena in Belfast. The three-day basketball event will welcome eight American universities as they go head-to-head to compete in a competitive collegiate basketball tournament.
The teams competing in the event are Albany, Buffalo, Dartmouth, LIU Brooklyn, Marist, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, San Francisco and Stephen F. Austin. Albany features two York County products. York Catholic graduate Jon Iati is an assistant coach for the Great Danes, and Northeastern grad Antonio Rizzuto is a freshman guard for Albany.
Scamuffo arrived in Ireland Saturday.
Information for this story was provided by York College.