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Class of ’24 guard Jalil Bethea down to 4 schools, sets announcement date
By ADAM ZAGORIANEW YORK — Jalil Bethea is closing in on a college announcement.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Archbishop Wood (PA) and the Team Final Nike EYBL program plans to announce his college choice on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at his school, his coach John Mosco told ZAGSBLOG.
Bethea is down to four schools: Miami, Villanova, Syracuse and Kansas. He most recently visited Miami last week, and then canceled upcoming visits to Syracuse and Alabama.
He broke down his remaining four for ZAGSBLOG.
Miami: “They say mostly the same things as the other schools, but they showed me a lot of different things. They probably say the same things but they showed me a lot of different things. They showed me my stats that no coach ever showed me before, like points per possession-type stuff.
“And that was just a good experience, because that was my first time ever going out there and they welcomed me pretty good so it was a good visit.”
Asked what role he would play, he said, “They said I would just be a player out there, a position-less player basically. A two guard, a shooting guard.”
Asked if he could see himself playing there, he said, “Yeah, I could see myself playing there.”
He also said of coach Jim Larranaga: “Coach L is one of the best coaches in college basketball history and he wins. I like playing for winners.”
Villanova: “Villanova is good, they been there from the start. Close to home and I have a good relationship with everybody.”
Syracuse: “I feel like that was the school I had the best relationship with the staff.”
Kansas: “Kansas was good. First time I spent time with Bill Self [on the visit]. He’s a good person all-around and everybody on the staff was great as well.”
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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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