Hot on the heels of getting heralded recruit Frank Ben-Eze, Tommy Amaker got another commitment from a center when New England Recruiting Report reported that Andrew Van Nest of the Northfield Mount Hermon School had announced his decision to attend Harvard next year. The 6-10 Massachusetts native had previously reported interest from and visited Davidson and Penn as well, before deciding on Harvard. Van Nest is the fifth high schooler to go public with a verbal commitment to the Crimson this fall.
Slant: Amaker already has put together an excellent first recruiting class that soon should swell to at least seven or eight when one or more prospects go on record with their commitments. It’s unknown if Van Nest had any offers beyond Harvard, but his coach at Northfield Mount Hermon had very high praise for his big man, telling Rivals.com that he “can handle the ball, he can pass, he can shoot 22-foot three-pointers,” which certainly sounds impressive for a player with his size.