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Recruiters Take Notice of Kenyi

Max Kenyi's terrific season did mote than just help top-ranked Gonzaga win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. It also has gotten Coach Steve Turner's phone ringing again as college recruiters re-inquire about Kenyi.

Kenyi committed to Harvard before the season, but since the Ivy League does not participate in the National Letter-of-Intent program there is nothing formally binding the player to the school. After Kenyi scored 30 points - one off his career-high - in Monday's 71-63 title victory over O'Connell, Turner said he heard from the coach of one likely NCAA tournament asking about Kenyi - and he expects a few more.

"You'll probably have [Harvard Coach] Tommy Amaker on the next flight down here," Turner said. "I haven't talked to [Max] about it. I wouldn't unless he brought it up. Would he really consider it? I don't think he would, but in this crazy game of basketball, you know how it is: You never say no."

As for Harvard's other Washington-area recruit, the news appears good for O'Connell center Frank Ben-Eze, who left the court in considerable pain in the final minute of the Gonzaga loss after injuring his right knee. Ben-Eze did not play until the game's final minute as O'Connell tried to speed the pace of the game. Inserted for defensive purposes, Ben-Eze made a sensational block of Kenyi's layup attempt, but apparently hurt his knee when he landed. He winced in pain as he was helped off the court, unable to put any weight on his right leg.

O'Connell Coach Joe Wootten said that while a final diagnosis has not been made, it does not appear that any serious ligament damage occurred.

By Josh Barr  | February 27, 2008; 1:09 PM ET
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any idea who the recruiters are?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

mayb JTIII? he was at the game

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

He was at the game to support his alma mater, i doubt he was there for max.

Posted by: Tom | February 27, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

It was Tom Crean of Marquette. He thinks Max will make the move. Possible, but Max is looking beyond basketball. When I last spoke to him he said if the NBA comes calling he will bite and give it a go. If not, he will have a Harvard degree. Even if the NBA comes calling; he will have a Harvard degree. Not verbatum, but the gist of our last convo. Plus Amaker is quietly going to build a powerhouse.

Harvard may become a sleeper Tourney school come 2010.

Posted by: Tough Buckets | February 27, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

JTIII was also there to see his incoming freshman, Jason Clark, who was playing for O'Connell. I'm sure he was also checking out Tyler Thornton, who's on everyone's list for 2010.

Posted by: Bill Baxter | February 28, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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