Storm Stanley, a 6-10, 235-pound center out of Toledo's St. Francis DeSales High School, suited up with fellow 2010 verbal Noah Cottrill for the 17-and-under entry of the West Virginia Rush. Both players normally travel the AAU circuit as members of the Ohio Basketball Club, but joined the Rush in order to participate in this week's annual AAU event in Morgantown.
Despite still having two seasons of high school basketball left, Stanley received an offer too good to pass up from West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins, and pulled the trigger last Tuesday on a verbal commitment.
"It was really exciting to get it done and out of the way," Stanley told BlueGoldNews.com on Monday morning. "West Virginia is just such a great school, it's hard to turn down an offer like that, you know?"
Indeed, the opportunity to hone his skills under the watchful eye of Huggins was likely what enticed Stanley to pull an early trigger on his college choice. Watching the Mountaineers advance to the Sweet 16 on the back of NBA draft pick Joe Alexander also caught the big man's attention.
"I've watched West Virginia some, and I've watched Joe Alexander quite a lot. I like the way that he plays."
Though his northern Ohio roots are closer to the Big 10 than the Big East, crossing the state line is something that Stanley is eagerly anticipating.
"It's beautiful," he said on his first trip to Morgantown. "I like the hills and the forest. It's really nice. In Toledo, everything is flat. You can see for miles."
With his college recruitment seemingly over before it really had a chance to begin, Stanley can now focus on his game full-time between now and the day he officially inks a letter of intent in the autumn of 2010.
Having just turned 16 less than two weeks ago, it is safe to say that he'll likely add another inch or so to his frame before he moves into Towers. And of course, there is always room for on-court improvement.
"I do know that I want to get stronger, first and foremost," he said. "And, I want to work on my offense. Just overall, I want to become more refined."