Webster Makes His Call

Bryce Webster, a member of Scout.com's Top 100, is going to play in the Big Ten and he's not going far from home to do it. Webster made a commitment late Sunday night.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have kept one of their own home. Bryce Webster, a 6-foot-9, 230 pound center picked the Gophers after receiving strong interest from Notre Dame, Marquette and Boston College. The St. Thomas Academy standout is ranked No. 100 by Scout.com.

"I think it's a huge relief," St. Thomas coach Mike Sjoberg said. "He's really excited that it's over though he feels somewhat sad because he really liked Boston College, Notre Dame and Marquette."

Webster, a first-team all-stater as a junior, put up 21 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. According to Sjoberg, staying home meant being happy.

"In talking to him this morning, it boiled down to that his family is in town and he wanted to remain close.

"I think he has the body to play as a freshman. He's big enough, he's strong enough. I think he'll have an opportunity to play right away. There's a possibility that he might be red-shirted but just on (physicality) alone, he'd probably play."

This is Minnesota's first commitment in 2006 and the Gophers have in-state guard Al Nolen committed for 2007. Webster is one of the youngest seniors in our current Top 100. He's a young man with a strong, college-ready body. His post moves are sound and if he can work on finishing strong he can be a producer for the Gophers.

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