NCAA Basketball Recruiting: Harvard Nets Top-100 Recruit

Max RogersCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2012

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Photo Dave Keefer/espn.go.com

Jeremy Lin’s alma mater, Harvard, looks to carry their run long past the 2012 NCAA basketball tournament, having received a verbal commitment from one of the top-100 recruits in the nation. 

The Harvard Crimson will be facing the SEC Conference tournament champion Vanderbilt in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament this week. It will mark the Crimson's second appearance in the March Madness event, and their first since 1946.

Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker's recruiting efforts may help put an end to the Crimson's long stretches between appearances in the Big Dance. 

Zena Edosomwan gave Harvard basketball a strong verbal commit this week. ESPN, Rivals and Scout.com all rank Zena Endosomwan among the best high school players in the country. 

The 6’8”, 220-pound power forward comes from North Hollywood, CA, and attends the Harvard-Westlake School. Graduates of Los Angeles area school include NBA players Jarron and Jason Collins, and actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Candice Bergen, Tori Spelling and Shirley Temple among other notables. 

This year, Harvard-Westlake men's basketball went 20-10 overall, ranked No. 41 in California and 424 nationally according to MaxPreps.

ESPN gives the four-star Zena Edosomwan a 92 grade and a 21-position rating. Edosomwan’s ESPN scouting report notes his strengths include a strong frame, long arms and playing extremely hard with a scorer’s mentality.

In addition to Harvard, ESPN has Zena Edosomwan getting offers from Cal, USC, Wake Forest, Texas, Washington and UCLA. 

Rivals gives Edosomwan a three-star rating, 35-position ranking and a 128-national ranking.  Rivals has Zena Edosomwan also receiving offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Gonzaga, Notre Dame, San Francisco, SMU, Texas, UCLA, USC, and Vanderbilt. Needless to say there was a lot of interest in this top recruit. 

Zena Edosomwan is a top-100 recruit on Scout.com as well.

Unfortunately for Crimson basketball, Edosomwan will likely not be joining until the Fall of 2013, as he will be going to Northfield Mount Hermon Prep next year to better his chances for admission to Harvard. The 2012 recruit will reclassify as a 2013 prospect to do so.

Harvard, like other members of the Ivy League, is a non-athletic scholarship school. It also requires its athletes to meet school admissions standards. To do so, Zena Edosomwan has taken the SAT a few times now to improve his scores. 

After this year’s March Madness, Harvard will loose graduating senior and the Crimson’s second leading scorer, Keith Wright. Wright will be attending the Portsmouth Invitational tournament next month. Jeremy Lin also attended the PIT before heading to the NBA.

Edosomwan may be coming in at a perfect time for the Crimson, as Harvard’s point leader (11.3 point per game) junior forward Kyle Casey, will be entering his senior year this fall. 

Unlike Jeremy Lin, Zena Edosomwan had strong interest from schools in his home state of California. However, luckily for Crimson basketball, Edosomwan appears to have his heart set on going to Harvard.

This strong verbal commit is further decoration on the celebratory cake Harvard basketball got this year after winning their first outright Ivy basketball title, making the 2012 NCAA tournament and setting a school record with 26 wins.