Finger Points At Stanford

Fox Lane High's Taj Finger, a hot commodity post-July, is heading west. The Playaz Basketball Club forward will play in the Pac-10 next season.

The decision was a difficult one for forward Taj Finger. Stay on the east coast and play for Richmond, head to the Midwest and lace them up for Northwestern or just go for broke and make tracks to the west coast and Stanford.

In the end, Finger pointed himself westward to Stanford.

"It was difficult just because the Richmond coaches were really great and I liked the team. It was tough to make that call to them.

"But, at Stanford the basketball was great and the academics are great. Also, Northwestern was great. It was a tough decision."

And a good recruiting battle. All three schools had positives to sell him but Stanford can be tough to beat for academic minded hoopsters.

"The campus is gorgeous and the guys on the team are really great. They made me feel like part of the team even though I hadn't committed. They're graduating two big men. There's some minutes for me as a freshman but as I improve there's definitely a place for me to play there.

Finger made serious strides with his game this summer. Probably the one thing that stood out more than anything was his confidence. Though he's nowhere close to where he needs to be strength wise, he was aggressive, active and efficient in AAU competition as he raised his game up a notch.

"Going from ABCD to Three Stripes to Vegas brought my game to another level."

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