[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/57579794.jpg] I just read a story about the recruiting trail for Washington State University's basketball program -- they are already focusing on 2010. Patrick Simon, a freshman in high school, committed to play basketball at Washington State University despite the fact that he's only in the middle of his first season of prep basketball. The Cougars on Monday made a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-7 Simon, who is only 14 and won't play there until the next decade.
Simon leads his team in scoring and rebounding and orally accepted the offer. No one from the Washington State basketball program can comment on Simon's commitment until he signs a letter of intent, which would happen in fall 2009 at the earliest.
"I've thought about it quite a bit and it all came to how good they've been doing this season, they're No. 9 now, and how coach http://community.active.com/blogs/teamsports/2007/02/21/14yearold-commits-to-college/Tony Bennett really made the team a top team," Simon told The Spokesman-Review.
I know an oral commitment doesn���t mean a whole lot until he signs a letter of intent more than two years from now, but it still seems a little rushed. Isn���t this a little too young to make such a huge life decision? He���s only 14!
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