Louisiana small forward chooses Commodores

Shan Foster, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound forward from Bonnabel High School in Kenner, La., ranked the No. 9 small forward prospect in the country by TheInsiders.com, made a verbal commitment Tuesday to play basketball for Vanderbilt and Coach Kevin Stallings.

Shan Foster, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound forward from Bonnabel High School in Kenner, La., ranked the No. 9 small forward prospect in the country by TheInsiders.com, made a verbal commitment Tuesday to play basketball for Vanderbilt and Coach Kevin Stallings.

Foster, a senior who averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game during his junior year, chose Vanderbilt over three other finalists, LSU, Georgetown and Southern Mississippi after making visits to all four schools. He also received strong interest from Kansas, Marquette and Mississippi State.

Vanderbilt was Foster's first official visit, the weekend of Sept. 6, and it evidently made quite an impression. Also present that weekend was Pensacola point guard Alex Gordon, who had already made a commitment to Stallings. Shortly afterwards, Foster publicly named Vanderbilt as his leader.

"I felt very welcome," Foster told Dave Telep of TheInsiders.com after his Vanderbilt visit. "The people were very nice. They were down to earth people and I felt that they were honest with me. It seemed like they wanted me to be there.

"I really like the school, and it's such a prestigious atmosphere. That sets it apart from nearly every school on my list. It's a family atmosphere they care about you as a person as well as a student-athlete."

During the summer Foster played for the loaded New Orleans Jazz AAU team.

Foster became the third high school prospect to verbally commit to Vanderbilt for the class of 2004. The Commodores have already secured commitments from 5-10 point guard Alex Gordon of Pensacola, Fla., and 6-6 wing forward DeMarre' Carroll of Birmingham-John Carroll, Ala. Based on graduation and attrition, the Commodores have four available scholarships for the class of 2004.

Verbal commitments are not binding. Basketball prospects are not permitted to sign a binding letter-of-intent until the one-week early signing period, which begins Nov. 12.


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