Harvard has steadily been making more and more of an impact on the recruiting trail in the past couple of years, and the class of 2013 could wind up being its best group yet.
It started with top-50 prospect Zena Edosomwan in March, and continued on Monday night when Noah Allen popped for the Crimson.
“Harvard is Harvard,” Allen told Scout.com. “Education wise, it's the number one school in the world and the basketball program is very good.”
Allen also held offers from San Diego State, Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Saint Mary's, Penn and Yale. The 6-foot-6 small forward from Palma (Calif.) upped his play during the spring and summer with the Bay Area Hoosiers.
Other West coast targets for Harvard in 2013 include twins Malcolm and Marcus Allen.
Top-100 prospect Brandon Randolph commits to Pepperdine
One commitment that flew somewhat under the radar was Brandon Randolph's pledge to Pepperdine . He announced it via Twitter at around 2 a.m. on Saturday night (or Sunday morning).
“I did a lot of thinking and it was really a hard decision. I'm going to be a #Wave,” Randolph tweeted.
Randolph, a 6-foot-1 guard from St. Bernard (Calif.), is ranked No. 84 in CBSSports.com's Top 100. He is a strong scorer who loves to get to the rim off the dribble or finish with mid-range jumpers and floaters.
He also had interest from San Diego State, USC, Saint Mary's, Providence and others, but he maintained throughout his recruitment that he just wanted to find a good fit – conference wasn't a factor.
“I'm a high-major player,” Randolph told us earlier this month. “But it's college, so it doesn't matter to me what level.”
Randolph is Pepperdine's third commit for 2013, joining guard Jeremy Major and Dylan Jones.
- Mislav Brzoja, Villanova (2012)
- Khalil Dukes, USC
- Kyle Green, Temple
- Aaron Valdes, Hawaii (2012)
- Leek Leek, Campbell (2012)
- Harrison Taggart, Vermont (2012)
- Kofi Andoh, Howard
- Mike Schlotman, William & Mary
- Pete Miller, Princeton
- John Azzinaro, Bucknell