One of the hottest contested recruiting battles amongst elite academic institutions ended Friday afternoon. Max Kenyi, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, picked the Crimson over Penn and Holy Cross.
Tommy Amaker, in his first season at Harvard, has raised the recruiting profile of a program traditionally overlooked by elite student-athletes.
"I think Tommy feels that they've got a great academic product," Gonzaga coach Steve Turner said. "He believes in himself and his staff and their ability and they want to be a winner. They don't want to be the team that's known for not winning the Ivy League. They've got an opportunity and that's why they're getting kids you wouldn't expect to be on their campus. I think coach has approached it like they're a high-major program and they're going to recruit it that way."
As a junior, Kenyi averaged 12 points, 6 boards and 1.1 blocks from his wing position.
"I think they see him as a kid who is going to come in and give them opportunities to contribute right away. He can do a little bit of everything."