Antonio Pena narrows options

Antonio Pena has narrowed his focus to eight colleges, including Louisville, entering the summer evaluation period, but the skilled 6-foot-7 power forward still isn't sure how things will unfold in the coming weeks and months.

Antonio Pena has narrowed his focus to eight colleges entering the summer evaluation period, but the skilled 6-7 power forward still isn't sure how things will unfold in the coming weeks and months.

Pena, who played with the New York Panthers this past weekend at the Reebok/Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, said that he's seriously considering Villanova, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Miami (FL), Georgia, Syracuse, Louisville and St. John's.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native returned this week to finish out his junior year at the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., but school work won't be the only thing on his mind.

"I am hoping to take some unofficial visits, but I haven't set anything up yet," he admitted. "My coach (Jere Quinn) and I plan on talking about it by the end of this week."

Pena has visited both Villanova and St. John's on an unofficial basis. One of his teammates at St. Thomas More this year, Dwayne Anderson, will be a freshman at Villanova in the fall.

"I am looking at the coaching staffs and whether or not it's a good school for me," Pena added. "Going on the visit will help me figure out if I like it or not."

Pena's strong spring play continued at the TOC in North Carolina, where he was accorded all-tournament honors. The Panthers were eliminated in the Elite Eight there by eventual tournament champion Southern Cal All-Stars.

Just a week earlier, Pena led the Juice All-Stars to the championship of the New Heights Tournament in New York City by pumping in 27 points in a title game win over the Metro Hawks.

With the school year winding down at St. Thomas More, Pena has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

"Basically, I want to go into the summer and work hard," he said. "Work hard and get ready for the tournaments and camps. Hopefully, we will win a couple of tournaments before the summer is out."


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