Pilgrim Heads Home

Mike Pilgrim is heading home. It was hard to turn down family, but in order to get himself into Cincinnati's program that's just what he did.

Pilgrim Is A Bearcat

Mike Pilgrim made one of the toughest decisions a young man could make. He opted to say thanks but no thanks to a family member in an effort to follow his heard.

Pilgrim committed to Bob Huggins and Cincinnati on Friday. In doing so, he spurned an offer from Louis Orr, the head coach at Seton Hall and one of his cousins.

"It was real tough to call family and Virginia," Pilgrim said. "I found it real hard to turn down family. I talked to him earlier today and it was tough. A lot of my other family members were pushing me to go to Seton Hall. To me, going home was the best for me."

Going home means lacing them up for the Bearcats and that's not such a bad idea. "The deciding factor was that they have a real good program. It's not up and coming, it's already there. The deciding factor was am I going to play my freshman year and they said yes. I've always seen myself playing with Coach Huggins."

Pilgrim played this summer with Mike Duncan's Cleveland Basketball Club but it wasn't until he got to prep school that he became a hot target. "I had a real good July. Everybody wasn't sure that I was going to prep school. Once they did, a lot of people started calling and told me I would be one of the top players in prep school and that just made me work even harder."

Now, he's a Bearcat.

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