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W.T. Woodson's Schoof to play basketball for American

W.T. Woodson senior guard-forward John Schoof, who missed all of last season with a serious ankle injury, orally committed Wednesday to play basketball at American.

After making an unofficial visit of the campus with his family earlier this month, Schoof decided he had made up his mind. On Wednesday afternoon, he called the American coaching staff, led by Jeff Jones, and agreed to join the Eagles next season.

"I love the coaches there, the program they've built there and I really think it's a good fit for me and the way I play," he said. "I think I am going to be successful."

Jones, a former Virginia coach, led American to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009, the first ones in school history.

Schoof, who had seven offers to play basketball, including ones from George Mason and Lehigh, said being near family was also important. "It's close to home but not too close," he said, laughing.

The 6-foot-5 Schoof has come full circle from a heartbreaking injury his junior year. With about five minutes left in the final practice before the season's first game, a teammate dove for a loose balled and rolled over Schoof's left ankle, tearing two ligaments, dislocating a bone and requiring surgery in December.

Now, after rehabilitation and playing this summer for an elite AAU squad, Team Takeover, Schoof said he is ready for the upcoming season.

"I feel 100 percent recovered," said Schoof, tabbed as an early contender for Northern Region player of the year honors. "I feel just as good as before I was injured."

The Cavaliers, who finished 12-13 without him last season, are excited to have Schoof back for a final year, W.T. Woodson Coach Doug Craig said.

"It's just really exciting," he said. "...He's a really hard worker. He's really a self-made kid, blue collar."

By James Wagner  | August 20, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
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