Harvard picked up two commitments this week. Wes Saunders (Windward School) Los Angeles, CA, 6-5, F and Corbin Miller (Brighton HS) Salt Lake, UT, 6-2, G, have both committed to the Crimson. Saunders picked Harvard over Colorado, USC, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount and Penn. Miller orignally planned on taking an LDS mission for two years before enrolling in college but has decided to delay his mission until after his freshman year. The change of plans means that Harvard's roster for 2011-2012 increases to 19 players and Harvard's recruiting class now has four members. Before choosing Harvard, Miller held scholarship offers to in-state schools, Utah and Utah State.
ArizonaPreps.com reports as follows on the commitment of Deion Giddens (Willow Grove HS), Surprise, AZ, 6-9, C, to Cornell:
Chicago Hoops reports that Penn and Harvard are interested in Mike Turner (Vocational Tech) Chicago, IL, 6-8, F. "My list is down to Harvard, Penn, Valpo, and Northwestern. Northwestern has not offered, but I have recently come back into contact with the coaches," he told the site.Another member of Arizona's 2011 senior class is off the recruiting board.
Willow Canyon High School's 6-foot-9, 195-pound senior post Deion Giddens saw his college recruitment soar after a good showing on the spring and summer AAU/club circuit.
Giddens was very productive this off-season while playing for the Arizona Magic U17's team coached by Chris Hurst. Giddens drew serious recruiting attention from many division-I programs, as a result of his length and potential for the future.
After taking several recruiting visits for himself, Giddens has decided on an IVY League program.
Giddens has given a verbal commitment to Cornell University and Head Coach Bill Courtney.
No player in Arizona's 2011 class of players improved more this off-season as a college prospect than Giddens.
Last season as junior, Giddens looked like a serious project for the division-II level. While he had the heigth, Giddens was very raw offensively and looked lost at times on the floor. Giddens worked extremely hard this spring and summer, and saw his game and ability progress a great deal.
As a result of his dedication to the sport he loves, Giddens improved his overall ability and approach to the game, while gainning serious confidence in his ability to compete against much better competition on the AAU/club circuit.
Giddens also received offers from Columbia, Princeton, Bucknell and Houston Baptist.
Giddens is an excellent student with a 4.2 CUM GPA, and he also speaks several languages including fluent German. Giddens also plays the tuba instrument in his school band.
Congratulations to Giddens from our Arizona Preps' staff on this tremendous accomplishment.
Arizona Preps Scouting Report: Giddens is still very raw offensively, but has excellent potential as a prospect on the defensive end of the floor, as he is capable of blocking and changing shots inside and outside of his area. Giddens is still very thin physically as well, causing him to have success against smaller opposition or those his size, but he still struggles at times when competing against bigger, stronger post players. As Giddens gains in size physically, he will become much more of an offensive threat. Giddens' long length of body and good athleticism for his size are very attractive attributes to division-I college coaches. Giddens is the only member of Arizona's 2011 class with his combination of longer size and length in the class.
Corey Starkey (Petoskey HS) Petoskey, MI, 6-7, F, committed to Bucknell. Central Michigan, Harvard and Butler showed interest.
(edited 8:53 p.m.)