St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn is losing Devin Ebanks, but likely gaining Danny Jennings.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Jennings, a Staten Island native, told me he will “most likely” attend the Connecticut prep school next season before heading to West Virginia in the fall of 2009.
“I think he’s going to, yes,” Quinn said Thursday by phone. “It looks like he’s coming. I know he wants to come. He came up and visited last week and after the visit he said, ‘I’d really like to come,’ and I said, ‘We’ll try and work it out for you.'”
Several hoops big men are on the move…Enes Kanter, a 6-9 16-year-old from Turkey whom I profiled in May, will enroll at Winchendon (Mass.) Prep as a junior and play for Mike Byrnes. One of Kanter’s countrymen and best friends, Ozan Dilik, a high major 6-4 point guard, will be Kanter’s roommate.
“(Kanter) has been accepted to the Winchendon School,” Byrnes said. “We’re in the process of drawing up a student I-20 visa. We’re under the perception that he will be attending the Winchendon School in September, but until you see him on campus, you like to keep a cautious eye.”
There has been some swift and telling fallout to my report yesterday that West Virginia QB Pat White chose not to play baseball at the university in part because there aren’t any African-Americans on the team.
Ed Pastilong, WVU’s veteran athletic director, said in a statement issued Tuesday night:
“The university is committed to diversity as evidenced by the development of the OneWVU program. Our coaches and staff also are committed to an atmosphere of community for our student-athletes. I look forward to speaking with Pat more about his thoughts.”
During an interview at Big East Media Day in Newport, R.I., White told me (and several other reporters) that he did not play baseball because because of the lack of African-Americans on coach Greg Van Zant’s squad.
The interest in St. Patrick guard Kyrie Irving just keeps growing.
Florida called to inquire about getting involved with the 6-1 junior guard, and Notre Dame and Virginia are also interested. They join a list that already includes Memphis, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Texas A&M and St. Joe’s.
NEWPORT, R.I. – Cincinnati football coach Brian
St. Benedict’s coach Dan Hurley said he agrees with Tamir Jackson’s decision to decommit from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
“I disagreed with the decision initially,” Hurley said Tuesday by phone. “I think there’s a much better fit for him as a student-athlete.”
Jackson, a 6-foot-2 senior shooting guard from Paterson, N.J. native, says he’s now considering Miami, Penn, Harvard, Virginia Tech, Rice, Davidson and Arizona. UAB is still an option.
“Word’s going to start to circulate and over the course of the next 10 days to two weeks, we’ll put some things together for him,” Hurley said.