Bloomington, Ind. – Tom Pritchard's decision is near.
The 6'8", 235-pounder from St. Edward's (Ohio) H.S. is back home after visiting two Big Ten schools in the last two weeks. Pritchard toured Coach Ed DeChellis' Penn State program two weeks ago before stopping off in Bloomington this past weekend.
With those two trips behind him, a decision is expected any day for the Class of 2008 power forward.
"I'll definitely decide during that week after I come back from Indiana," Pritchard told HoosierNation.com earlier this month. "I'll sit down and figure out where I'm going to go and make my decision."
While his recent official visits gave him an up-close look at both programs, he was already familiar with both. Pritchard had made unofficials to both schools earlier this summer, and his high school coach said his recent trips were a result of the fact he's torn between which one is a better fit.
"I think his gut feeling is he likes Penn State, but his mind is also telling him that it's tough to turn down Indiana because of the level of play," St. Edward's (Ohio) H.S. Coach Eric Flannery said. "He's sort of stuck between the two, which is why he wants to continue to make these official visits even though he's been to both places."
Now, IU Coach Kelvin Sampson and DeChellis are left waiting for Pritchard's decision. Sampson is hoping Pritchard joins an '08 recruiting class that already features some talented backcourt players and wings in Bud Mackey, Matt Roth and Devin Ebanks. With signing day less than two months away, the frontcourt will be the focus for the rest of the class.
While Indiana is still in the hunt for Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones, among others, Pritchard's decision is expected before the others. A high school teammate of Michigan State-bound wing Delvon Roe and elite 2010 point guard P'shon Howard, Pritchard is thought of as versatile frontline player.
"He's quick off his feet, he has good footwork and great hands," said Flannery. "What makes him exceptional is his passing skill and his ability to play the team-oriented game. He's not going to wow you with a dominating performance, but he's going to be a kid who knows how to play the game and is very fundamentally sound and very skilled for a big player."
HoosierNation.com will have more on Pritchard's decision later this week.
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