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Myers's long, strange trip to Robert Morris

Anthony Myers doesn't have to wait any longer for his college basketball career to begin. The McKinley product, who spent the past school year at Charis (N.C.) Prep, is headed to Robert Morris.

After leading McKinley to the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association final in 2009, Myers was all set to sign with Fordham. The only holdup was that the Rams didn't have a scholarship available, but then-Rams Coach Dereck Whittenberg told Myers that he anticipated a player would be transferring shortly, thus opening a spot for Myers. Nothing happened, though, by the end of last summer, and Whittenberg sent Myers to Charis, a prep school, to stay there until a scholarship opened. Myers signed his letter of intent last November.

"He kept on telling me that as soon as someone leaves," Myers said, "he'll give me a scholarship."

Then, in the first week of December, sophomore point guard Jio Fontan announced he was transferring. The only problem for Myers was that Whittenberg was fired the next day. Myers sat in limbo, waiting to see who the Rams' new coach would be. They hired Tom Pecora on March 25, and shortly afterward, Myers asked for and was granted a release from his letter of intent.

In late December, then-Robert Morris associate head coach Andrew Toole was at Charis checking up on some of Myers' teammates, and wound up leaving with a good impression of Myers. When Myers was let out of his Fordham commitment, Toole was on him quickly.

"As soon as I got my release, I started talking with them," Myers said.

Toole was promoted
last week to head coach - making him the youngest in Division I men's basketball - after Mike Rice took over at Rutgers.

Myers is at Robert Morris, enrolling for summer classes and finally ready to start his college career.

"I was waiting and waiting," Myers said. "I'm glad I'm finally here."

By Alan Goldenbach  | May 24, 2010; 1:52 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball, DCIAA, Robert Morris  
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