Surprise! Scoop Jardine Commits!

Antonio "Scoop" Jardine is one of the elite underclassmen on the Eastern Seaboard. On Wednesday, he pulled one of the surprise moves of the fall and ended his recruitment.

It's good to be a hall of famer. Sometimes it's great. For Jim Boeheim on Wednesday, life was good.

Antonio Jardine, the 6-foot-2 point guard out of Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann-Goretti, committed to the Syracuse Orangemen. Jardine is ranked by as the No. 31 prospect in America.

"I came to the decision," Jardine, who recently visited Syracuse, said. "I knew all along what I wanted to do when I visited Syracuse on an unofficial. I wanted to get recruited but it was just too much pressure. I knew where I was going and I didn't until I got cool with Coach Hopkins and Coach Boeheim."

Jardine averaged 13 points, 7 dimes and 6 rebounds as a sophomore for a highly successful team. He drew the early offers from numerous schools, including Syracuse and hometown Villanova, who made it a tough choice.

"I didn't want to stay home," Jardine said. "I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders here. I have a big family in Philly. I wanted to get away. This will show me who my true friends are. I'm only 3 hours away. I've known Coach Wright since the 7th grade and he's cool but this is the right decision for me."

Syracuse now owns a pair of 2007 commits as Jardine joins point man Johnny Flynn out of Niagara Falls. "Coach Boeheim said that I could play the one but it doesn't matter because I'm a combo and I can play both. He likes me because I'm a scoring guard and he needs me to score."

The commitment by Jardine is the 7th by a member of's Top 50. Jardine was ready to pull the trigger and did in the fall of his junior year. He said that no matter when he wanted to commit, Syracuse was committed to waiting on him.

"(Boeheim) was going to wait for me. They never asked me to commit. He said I would know when I was ready and he was going to wait. I felt I was 110% sure."

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