Vanderbilt University was the last school to get into the Sheldon Jeter basketball recruiting race. But the Commodores ended up finishing first.
Jeter, a standout senior forward at Beaver Falls High School and the Post-Gazette's player of the year, announced Thursday night he will play next season at Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt didn't start recruiting Jeter until shortly after the season.
"They tried recruiting me in the beginning, but they couldn't," Jeter said. "They had to wait until I got my grades up."
Jeter made an official visit to Vanderbilt a few weeks ago and followed that with a visit to Penn State last week. His other two finalists were South Carolina and Wisconsin. Jeter said if Vanderbilt had not started to recruit him he "probably" would've chosen Penn State. Pitt also had showed some interest a few times during the season and after but never offered a scholarship.
"The visit [to Vanderbilt] wasn't really what sold me," Jeter said. "It was a good visit, but honestly my Penn State visit was probably better. But everything down there [at Vanderbilt], I just liked. The way the gym looks, the players, the coaches. When I really started thinking about it, it seemed like the best place for me."
Jeter, 6 feet 7, was recruited to play small forward. When asked what his chances look for early playing at Vanderbilt, Jeter said simply, "promising."
This past season, Jeter averaged 21.8 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks a game. A three-year starter, he finished his career with 1,489 points."
The East-West all-star football game is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gateway High School.
The game, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association, pits top seniors from Pennsylvania who were not selected for the Big 33 all-star game next month.
The game was started in 2001 and played every year at Altoona through '10. After a one-year hiatus, the game will return at Gateway.
It will alternate each year between Gateway and Downingtown West in Eastern Pennsylvania.
The rosters include a number of future Division I college players, including Central Catholic quarterback Perry Hills (University of Maryland), Sto-Rox receiver-defensive back Dontez Ford (Syracuse) and Central Bucks South quarterback Matt Johns (Virginia). Tickets are available at the gate.
The 39th annual Baldwin Invitational begins at 12:30 p.m. today at Baldwin. Finals in running events usually start in the early evening. The meet features about 2,000 athletes from 130 schools.
First Published May 4, 2012 12:00 AM