|Harvard basketball lands top-100 recruit Zena Edosomwan||03.12.12 at 10:42 am ET|
Even before Harvard earned a Top 25 ranking, won the Ivy League and secured a berth in the NCAA tournament, the Crimson did enough to sufficiently impress one of the top high school players in the nation.
Zena Edosomwan, a senior at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, visited the Harvard campus in September and has since been trying to improve his standardized test results enough to earn acceptance. On Sunday, Edosomwan announced that he would spend a year of postgraduate studying at Massachusetts prep school North Mount Hermon with plans to join the Crimson in 2013.
Edosomwan, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward who is ranked in the top 100 by ESPN and Scout.com, averaged 16.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks and shot 59 percent from the floor during the 2011-12 regular season in leading his team to a 17-9 record. He reportedly turned down scholarship offers from UCLA, California, Texas and Wake Forest, among others (he told one newspaper that he had 42 offers).
“I couldn’t see myself anywhere else,” Edosomwan told the Harvard Crimson. “It’s the best school in the world, the basketball is building, and I want to be a part of that. I want to make history there.”
Harvard has four players set to join the team in the fall: 6-8 forward Evan Cummins (Westboro/Northfield Mount Hermon), 5-11 point guard Siyani Chambers (Golden Valley, Minn.), 6-10 center Mike Hall (College Park, Ga.) and 6-8 forward Agunwa Okolie (Ontario).
Harvard loses three seniors after the NCAA tournament: standout forward Keith Wright, starting guard Oliver McNally and reserve forward Andrew Van Nest. The Crimson have seven freshman on this year’s roster.