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Landon's Webster Is Bound for Harvard

Colleague B.J. Koubaroulis, never one short for words, files this dispatch:

Landon guard Christian Webster will play for Harvard, according to his father Darryl and high school basketball coach Andy Luther.

Webster, a 6-5 senior who averaged 23.3 points per game this season, has been a hot target for Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker; however, Amaker could not accept Webster's commitment until test scores confirmed that he was academically eligible to be admitted into the Ivy League school, Luther and Darryl Webster said.

"He went online last night to check his ACT scores and he scored high enough to meet Harvard's admission criteria," Darryl Webster wrote in a text message. "So, it's official."

Luther said that Webster is awaiting an official legal document of acceptance from Harvard. NCAA rules prohibit Amaker from commenting on the status of Webster or other potential recruits.

According to Luther, Webster had recruiting interest from schools in the Patriot League, Atlantic 10 and the Colonial Athletic Association as well as several Ivy League schools, but he was most interested in Harvard. "He has several people in his life who he knows very well and is very close with that have Harvard ties," Luther said.

Sam Potolicchio, who coached Webster in the local Jelleff Basketball League, is a Harvard alum who helped transfer Webster from the D.C. Public Schools system to Landon, where Webster took the Bears (18-5) from conference doormat to their first Interstate Athletic Conference championship since 1968 with a 35-point performance in a 73-71 double overtime victory over Episcopal on Saturday.

Landon upper school headmaster Neil Phillips is a 1989 graduate of Harvard, where he played both football and basketball and Webster will also reunite with his former AAU D.C. Blue Devils teammate Max Kenyi, a 2008 All-Met who helped Gonzaga to a 34-1 finish last season.

Darryl Webster, a former standout forward from Coolidge and George Washington University, also had ties with Amaker, a W.T. Woodson grad. Both were All-Mets in 1982 and played in the Capital Classic that year.

"I've had some bigger fish from power conferences look at Christian, but they heard his primary interest was Ivy and he was going to wait and not even take official visits until he heard of his likelihood of being admitted into an Ivy League school," Luther said.

By Josh Barr  | February 23, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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