Schaen Is Ivy-Bound

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Harrison Schaen came out here to play in Gym Rats Midnight Madness. But he also flew cross-country just to make absolutely sure this is an area in which he wants to spend the next four years of his life. The conclusion?

"I'm thinking Ivy League," said the 6-8 BF from Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei. "I'm still open to everyone, but the Ivy League is a more suitable environment for me, I think. Penn and Princeton and Yale offer so many opportunities after you're done with school."

Schaen made an official visit to Princeton on Friday and Saturday. He left the gym here at Cherry Hill East High School after Saturday night's event and headed over to Penn's Philly campus for another two-day official.

He made officials last spring to Arizona, Stanford and Southern Cal, and he has plenty of offers from mid-majors out West. But none of that appeals to him like the academic strongholds on the East Coast.

"I love Princeton," Schaen said Saturday night before taking the court. "I love it so much. It's amazing. The professors are great. Everything -- I love everything about Princeton."

Fran Dunphy and the Penn coaching staff have the next two days to make a similarly positive impression. And the pressure's on now: The kid's either going to be playing for them … or against them.

"It all depends on the financial aid packages and how that breaks down," said Dinos Trigonis, his summer coach with Belmont Shore. "But he has so many interests other than basketball. In the long term, for non-basketball reasons, maybe the Ivy League is the best place for him."

Maybe? The Southern Californian screams Ancient Eight. It's what he is. Not as a basketball player -- he's "better" than the typical Ivy-caliber hoopster -- but just as an interesting an inquisitive kid.

He owns an Internet design company -- -- as well as a clothing line he calls CA Industries. And, oh yes, he has a 1220 SAT to go along with his 3.6 GPA.

On the court, he runs the floor well, he has good skills around the basket and away from it, and he has the capability of finishing with emphatic dunks.

In other words, he'd be a terrific get for any Ivy program, be it Princeton, Penn or even the dark horse in this race, Yale. In the gym. In the library. On campus.

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