Four-star point guard Bryce Aiken offered up a verbal commitment to Tommy Amaker and Harvard on Thursday, he told Scout.
“I’m headed to Harvard University,” the Newark (N.J.) Patrick School standout said. “I chose them pretty much because it’s a unique opportunity. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to be different and do something different. I wanted to capitalize on this situation.”
“It gives me the best academics in the world,” he added. “That’s a fact and can be proven. Also it’ll benefit me athletically as well. They are in the top 25 ever year. Coach Amaker does well developing guards from that perspective. I trust the coaches and I think they can help me improve and get me to the next level.”
Aiken, a 6-foot guard, officially visited Harvard, Miami and Seton Hall. He said it didn’t hit him that Harvard was the place for him until this past weekend.
“I really enjoyed all the visits I went to,” Aiken said. “So it’s been difficult. It hit me this past weekend when I sat down with my family and we were able to discuss. We just felt comfortable and I realized that Harvard was the place for me.”
Aiken, who ranks as the No. 82 overall and as the No. 23 point guard in the 2016 recruiting class, averaged 11.1 points and 2.5 assists a game for the PSA Cardinals on the Nike EYBL Circuit this past spring and summer.
“Just want to go there and be a leader and be the best player I can be and do what coach Amaker asks of me," Aiken said. "I want to prove that it doesn’t matter if you play in the Ivy League, the ACC or the Big East, if you can play, you can play.”
With the addition of Aiken, Harvard now has six commitments in their 2016 class. Aiken joins Scout’s No. 99 prospect Chris Lewis, as well as three-star recruits Robert Baker, Seth Town and Justin Bassey, as well as Christian Juzang.
“We have a high caliber recruiting class and talented kids,” Aiken said. “We all went on the visit together so it was nice to get to know them. I’m looking forward to get up there with those players and helping make history.”
Although he has committed, Aiken still needs to go through Harvard's admissions process.