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Ricardo Gathers has decommitted from St. John’s and will not sign until the spring.
The decommitment was first reported by WGNO TV in New Orleans and confirmed in a statement by Gathers obtained by SNY.tv.
“I would like to announce that although I had previously selected St. John’s University as the college I would attend through a verbal commitment, I have since decided to withdraw that commitment,” he said.
“I have recently realized that because the decision I make in choosing a university is one that will greatly impact my future, I must be 100 percent sure of the choice I make. I plan to devote time to analyzing all prospective scenarios and seriously considering how my decision will affect not only my basketball dreams and my education, but also considering how my decision will affect my family and those around me. I will be including St. John’s in my options and have by no means ruled that choice out. I would like to spend my last year of high school focused on team goals and then making a decision about college in the spring.”
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound power forward will not sign until the spring, his coach, Timmy Byrd, told SNY.tv.
Gathers initially committed to St. John’s in July, and then appeared at Midnight Madness at the beginning of this season.
Gathers is the Rivals No. 13 power forward in the Class of 2012.
Bridgton (Maine) Academy shooting guard Darrick Wood is now St. John’s lone commit for 2012.
The news comes on the same day that Johnnies head coach Steve Lavin appeared at practice for the first time following prostate cancer surgery Oct. 6.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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