Sharma headed to Palo Alto

Although his summer play was up and down, there's no debating Josh Sharma's potential impact at Stanford, to which he committed on Wednesday.

Josh Sharma, a 6-11, 210-pound center, pledged to Stanford over Wisconsin, Boston College and multiple others. He confirmed the commitment on Twitter:

"Officially committed to Stanford University!!! #FearTheTree"

Sharma competed with the Mass Rivals AAU program and toured the Adidas circuit. When on his game, he showcased skill around the basket with both hands, including a smooth jump hook. He also can face the basket and knock in facing jump shots.

But what Sharma does best is run. He changes end speedily and with a loping stride that should enable him to retain his mobility even as he fills out naturally.

A lack of strength is his greatest hurdle to immediate success at Stanford. He's woefully underweight by the standards of a college athlete, which is why he may need one or even two years to build himself up before he's ready to challenge for a starting role.

That said, once he's able to hold his own physically, his ability to play uptempo and overall skill level should enable him to shine.

While the Badgers are disappointed, the Eagles took the Sharma miss on the chin, as they simply lack a sufficient number of ACC-caliber players and Sharma was more of a local — with excellent academics — they had a shot to keep within the region.

Sharma joins wings Cameron Walker and Marcus Sheffield to give the Cardinal an excellent three-player class.


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