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Big Frank Bound for Beantown

Looks like local products Tommy Amaker
and Kenny Blakeney are going to upgrade the Harvard basketball program. The Crimson got another commitment from a highly-regarded local player when O'Connell center Frank Ben-Eze pledged to play for Harvard. A few weeks ago, Gonzaga guard Max Kenyi committed to Harvard.

Both players had offers from schools in the power conferences, but chose to go to the Ivy League. Harvard's only NCAA tournament appearance came in 1946 - the year before the Crimson began competing in the Ivy League.

"It's a surprise to most people [Ben-Eze] chose Harvard ove Marquette and Virginia Tech," O'Connell Coach Joe Wootten said. "Obviously, Harvard, when it comes to education, is Harvard. You can't argue that at all. The staff obviously is new with Amaker and Blakeney and all those guys. They've really done a good job getting after it. Early on, everyone thought that Frank is big and strong and developing, so everybody just assumed he was going to go to the ACC or Big East. Harvard worked hard and developed a good relationship with him."

"They're selling the fact that these guys can come in and change Harvard basketball. Tommy said it very well: 'Before I got to Harvard, we had guys who were great students who happened to play basketball. Our goal is to get great basketball players who are also great students.' "

By Josh Barr  | October 12, 2007; 10:58 AM ET
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Comments

Why couldn't they go to Penn instead? Penn actually wins the Ivy League regularly, and it's closer to home. And, the education is JUST AS GOOD (nay, BETTER) than HU. Penn has greater athletic tradition. Penn was the first university. Philly is warmer, and urban. So many reasons . . . . I could go on and on.

Posted by: this is not good | October 12, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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