Andrew Bynum Makes Decision

Andrew Bynum will make his announcement at a news conference on Wednesday night, but has learned the 13th-ranked player in the Class of 2005 and top-rated center has already chosen.

In the end, Andrew Bynum opted to stay closer to home.

The 7-foot, 280-pound St. Joseph (N.J.) senior big man, who is the No. 13 player in the country and the top-ranked center, committed to UConn on Tuesday night, according to several sources close to the situation.

Bynum also considered Georgia Tech and North Carolina in the end. Georgia and Rutgers were also in the mix until recently.

Bynum will make it official at a news conference at his school at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

UConn solidified its status, on the heels of a national title a year ago, as one of the elite recruiting schools in the nation. Tom Moore, known as one of the hardest-working assistants in the business, get it done in getting Bynum to follow in the footsteps of Emeka Okafor and Josh Boone as Huskies big men.

Bynum joins 6-5 Marcus Johnson, a ultra-athletic swingman from California and 6-6 Jeff Adrien, an undersized power forward spending the year at Brewster Academy (N.H.), as UConn commits.

Bynum is mammoth and is one of the few legitimate centers in the Class of 2005. He's nearly impossible to stop when he gets the ball in the paint, is a big-time rebounder and will only get better since he turns 17 on Wednesday. He'll still have to work on his conditioning, but he could be the next in the line of dominant big man in Storrs.

Bynum averaged 16 points, 13 boards and 9 blocks as a junior and hails from the same school that produced former Duke guard Jay Williams.

Bynum, who has been often compared to former UNC center Brendan Haywood, transferred from Solebury Prep and had to sit out the first 10 games of his junior campaign due to state transfer rules.

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