Monday, September 20, 2010
A Look at This Past Weekend's 2011 Commitments
At the tail end of last week, Niagara earned the verbal commitments from a pair of Philadelphia guards. Juan'ya Green and Ameen Tanksley both shared their intentions to head to the MAAC school, giving the Purple Eagles a quick start on their class of 2011.
One of the top centers in the country, Kenyatta Smith is headed to the Ivy League and more so, he's headed across the country. The 6-foot-8 big man and California native is headed to Harvard, making his decision known during his visit this past weekend. Smith chose Harvard over the likes of Penn, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern.
Maryland native Julian DeBose is headed to Conference USA following his decision to play his collegiate ball at Rice. DeBose, a 6-foot-4 guard will join the Owls in 2011 after receiving attention from DePaul, VCU, Delaware, Mount St. Mary's, and Siena.
Sam Thompson, rated as the 56th best prospect in the nation from the class of 2011, is headed to Ohio State. Thompson, a 6-foot-7 small forward out of Chicago, Illinois chose the Buckeyes over Florida, Georgetown, Oregon State, and Kansas.
The three-time defending Ivy League champions have received a verbal of their own. The commitment comes from 6-foot-6 Ohio native Shonn Miller.
7-foot-2 big man and Sudan native Chier Ajou is headed to New Mexico. Ajou is New Mexico's third commitment already for 2011, joining Dominique Dunning and Abdel Nader.
Tulane has earned the verbal commitment of Alabama point guard Ricky Tarrant. The 6-foot PG also considered Murray State, UAB, Cleveland, and Wright State.
Shortly after receiving the verbal commitment of Jordan Baker, Pepperdine received their second commitment for the class of 2011. This time it was 6-foot-8 power forward Ramon Eaton offering his intentions to head to the WCC, choosing Pepperdine over USC and Loyola Marymount.
Zaid Hearst has verbally committed to Quinnipiac. The Maryland shooting guard chose the Bobcats over Lehigh, Siena, American, Lafayette, and UC-Irvine.
Missouri State received its second commitment for the class of 2011 after Andrew Wilson offered his verbal intentions. Wilson, a 6-foot-7 power forward chose Missouri State over Tulsa and Oral Roberts.
Texas wing man Terran Pettway is headed to Texas Tech. The 6-foot-5 small forward chose the Red Raiders over UTEP, SMU, Colorado, and Auburn and is considered the 30th best SF in the class of 2011 according to ESPNU.
New Charlotte head coach Alan Major landed his first commitment for 2011. Mike Thorne is one of the higher rated centers in the country, 19th at his position according to ESPNU, and at 6-foot-10 should be able to help the 49ers down low.
*Photo: Sam Thompson *Credit: illinois.scout.com
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