As reported by multiple outlets at this time, shooting guard Austin Kelly decommitted from Penn in September, and power forward Kevin Panzer has recently backed off his commitment to the Quakers. The full story on each has yet to surface, and neither has publicly committed to another school, meaning that one or both could still end up in Philadelphia next fall.
Penn still has five other commits for the class of 2010, including G Dau Jok, G Miles Cartwright, G Casey James, PF Cameron Gunter and G Steve Rennard.
In other recruiting news, James Moore, a 6’8 power forward from Jesuit High School (CA), has committed to Harvard. Moore was once considered by Rivals to be the top recruit in Northern California, though other west coast recruiting sites have him further down their top 10 lists. The Carmichael, CA product had various levels of interest from other mid-major and high-major programs, though The Harvard Crimson’s twitter feed suggests that Moore’s final decision came down to Cornell and Harvard.
Slant: A genuine analysis of the effect these decisions will have on the Penn program can only really take place after more of the story becomes clear and the reasons for these prospects’ decisions become known. For now, it can simply be said that if neither re-commits to Penn, that would be a significant blow to what was shaping up to be a deep and talented 2010 class.
The words deep and talented are important here. There is plenty of talent remaining in the now-five-man class, so these decommitments aren’t as damaging as they might be in a lighter recruiting year.
As for Moore, he should help solidify a Harvard frontcourt that will once again become thin after the graduations of Pat Magnarelli and Doug Miller after this season.