Fab Five for Jeter

With his team on a roll over the last month of the season, Beaver Falls (PA) forward Sheldon Jeter is trying to balance recruiting with winning a state title. It's one of the reasons that after his team has won a big game recently, Jeter has caught a plane for either Madison or Manhattan, KS, to take a closer look at his top five schools.

MADISON - Between recruiting visits to all parts of the country and being a key figure in helping his team win the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AA Championship, Beaver Falls (PA) forward Sheldon Jeter admits that his head his spinning some days with his focus divided between team and recruitment.

"I'm trying not to think about because of how focused I am on the season," Jeter told Badger Nation. "But I have to think about it because I have to get my visits in."

It's tough, but the 6-7, 208-pound forward is making it work. One day after leading his team to a 32-point win in the opening round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs, registering a double-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and adding three blocks, Jeter took off for a two-day visit to Manhattan to visit the Kansas State campus.

Jeter was able to watch the NCAA tournament selection show with the coaches and players and got a tour of the campus before leaving Monday to get refocused for his playoff game Wednesday.

"It's a really nice place," Jeter said of K-State. "Everything is first class down here. The coaches are really nice and they made me feel welcomed. It made me really interested in the program."

The quick turnaround is nothing new for Jeter. One day after the Beavers won the WPIAL Class AA title by holding their opponent to 27 points, the fewest points in a championship game since 1960, Jeter headed to Wisconsin for his official visit with the Badgers.

"It went really well," said Jeter. "I really enjoyed it. I got to hang out with the players and got a chance to talk to all the coaches. I got a chance to go to Coach (Bo) Ryan's house and meet his family.

"We talked about a lot of things. We talked about basketball for 25 minutes and then just random things for another 25 minutes or so. I was there for about two hours, so it was cool."

Jeter says Kansas State, Wisconsin, Penn State, South Carolina and Seton Hall are the schools he is considering. Jeter has visited every one of the schools except Seton Hall, which he hopes to visit in the coming weeks. He is also hoping to visit Penn State after his season is over.

"I have no schools that stand out and no favorites right now," said Jeter. "When my season is done, I'll start to think about it."

Winning each of its past eight games by at least 17 points, Beaver Falls (25-2) is on a role and it helps with Jeter averaging 20 points per game.

"It was a lot of hard work, which made it fun doing it with guys I have played with my entire life," said Jeter. "We're hoping to keep it going."

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