Finn Facing Tough Decision

Xavier wants to add a point guard in the Class of 2002. The equation is a simple one. The Musketeers recently brought in Dedrick Finn and Todd Galloway is coming later this week. The ball is in Finn's court and he could end Xavier's search should he commit prior to Galloway's visit.

Finn Contemplating Process

Thad Matta's bunch started recruiting Newberg (IN) Castle's Dedrick Finn when Matta was still the head coach at Butler. Since he moved to Xavier, Matta's only intensified his recruitment of Finn and watched as his status rose as one of Top 100 players in the nation.

"Xavier is our leading candidate and we don't want to be pressured into a decision," Derrick Finn, Dedrick's father said. That's totally understandable, but the situation is calling for some sort of a decision. Xavier is bringing Todd Galloway onto campus later this week. Galloway is also a Top 100 prospect and given Xavier's need for a point guard, it would seem like the scholarship is hanging out there for either Finn or Galloway to grab. The race is on.

The problem for Finn, according to his father, is that he has two more official visits scheduled. One of them is to Mississippi State Sept. 14 and Tennessee Sept. 28. "All we need is a little more time for him to take a couple of more official visits," Finn's father said.

However, the family fully understands that time is the most important variable. Not just at Xavier, but all across the country, schools are looking for prospects to commit, especially at the point guard position. With over 100 commitments, most of the top point guards have been scooped up or are looked into a set number of programs they are looking at. Given the importance of the position and the numbers game that exists in terms of the remaining players, there is a genuine race to land a point guard. It's going on at places like Tennessee, Georgia Tech, St. John's, Michigan State, Maryland and many others.

So, where does that leave Finn? Well, Tuesday could be a big day. We're guessing that if he were to commit to Xavier, it would have to happen prior to Galloway's scheduled trip. If not, the chances of Galloway possibly committing and taking the grant increase and the Finns know that. In a perfect world, Finn would get his chance to visit MSU and Tennessee as scheduled. He may wind up doing that, who knows?

Regardless of what school Finn picks, his case is an example of how the speed of the recruiting process has been turned up. Normally, making three official visits would be the norm and not the exception. This year, that's just not the case and recruits around the country are feeling a little bit of pressure to get on campuses early and make up their minds before other kids take their spots.

There have always been situations where kids find themselves facing pressure to commit. The numbers game never ends, but this year it certainly got cranked up a lot earlier than we've been used to.

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