Why a top-60 recruit committing to Harvard is actually a genius move by the player

CBC Sports

Last weekend's biggest recruiting headline was tied to Terrence Clarke, who verbally committed to Kentucky while also announcing he's reclassifying to 2020. It was a big development, undeniably, one that suggests John Calipari is about to secure a top-two class for the 11th consecutive year. But a different, less-publicized, recruiting story was arguably more interesting — or, at least, less predictable — than Kentucky landing yet another 5-star guard. And that was Harvard landing a top-60 prospect for the first time ever.

"I'm deciding to play for the next four years at Harvard," Justice Ajogbor, a 4-star center who is 60th in the Top247 rankings for the Class of 2020, told 247Sports upon announcing that he would be rejecting offers from traditional high-majors to instead enroll at an Ivy League school. "The opportunity to go to a school like Harvard is an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

This development was fascinating to me on a number of levels — mostly because it's what I've long believed all borderline top-100 prospects who double as very smart young people should at least consider. I honestly don't understand why more don't. I seriously don't get why this doesn't happen more often.

#basketball, #college

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