Tharpe Pops For Big 12 School

On Tuesday Naadir Tharpe picked up an important scholarship offer. On Wednesday he ran with it and committed to the Big 12 school.

Naadir Tharpe didn't want to wait any longer.

The Brewster Academy senior point guard, who re-opened his recruitment following the departure of former Providence assistant Pat Skerry to Pittsburgh, has committed to Kansas.

``They've had great players in the past and they always win," Tharpe told ``That's why I wanted to make the decision now."

The 6-foot, 175-pound Worcester, Mass., native, ranked 94th in the country by, took a visit to Minnesota last month and was scheduled to visit Oklahoma this weekend and Kansas the weekend of Oct. 22.

However, Kansas head coach Bill Self, who recently missed out on west coast floor leader Josiah Turner, traveled to Brewster earlier in the week and offered Tharpe a scholarship.

Tharpe didn't feel the need to visit Lawrence before making the decision, but said he'll still travel to see KU in about 10 days.

``Nobody in the country has played with more high-level talent over the last few years than Naadir – both with the (New England) Playaz and also at Brewster," Brewster coach Jason Smith said, ``The most important thing is that he wins and that's why he wanted to go to Kansas – because of the program's history."

Tharpe led Brewster to a 35-5 record last season and swept the NEPSAC Class A title as well as the National Prep Championship.

Jayhawks assistant Joe Dooley had been to Brewster a couple of times over the past month and Kansas has also been the most active school in recruiting Tharpe's summer teammate, St. Mark's 7-foot junior Kaleb Tarczewski.

Tharpe's recruitment had been all over the map of late. Schools such as St. John's, UNLV and even UCLA had tried to jump in the mix.

Tharpe is considered one of the top uncommitted point guard in the Class of 2011.

``He came in as a talented young scorer, I think he's ready to run a high-quality team," said former NBA and college head coach John Carroll, who has coached Tharpe for the last three years with the New England Playaz. ``He's going to surprise a lot of people. I think he's one of the top point guards in the country even though some other people don't."

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