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.
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