Basketball Lands Two Recruits

Published by Hope Schwartz on September 30, 2013 at 3:13AM

Harvard football wasn’t the only program that won big this weekend.

While the Crimson took on Brown in its home opener, the Harvard men’s basketball team locked up two key commitments after hosting several recruits on official campus visits.

Three-star guard Andre Chatfield committed Sunday morning, and four-star power forward Chris Egi quickly followed suit. Egi confirmed his commitment via Twitter on Sunday night, stating, “I'm proud to say I will be attending Harvard University in the upcoming school year. God truly is good.”

Egi is a four-star recruit from Canada, who transferred into Montverde Academy in Florida for his final year of high school. The 6’9” forward reportedly turned down offers from the likes of California and Washington to play for the Crimson. Egi—Scout.com’s seventh ranked center—has decided to reclassify to 2014 from 2015.

Egi played AAU basketball with CIA Bounce, where he averaged 10.6 points per game and led the team with 7.7 rebounds per game. He ranked second in 17U EBYL with 48 blocks.

Chatfield is a three-star recruit from Norcross High School in Gerogia. The 6’5” shooting guard played for Atlanta Celtics AAU and will join Texas shooting guard Zach Yosher—who committed in August—in Harvard’s backcourt.

Since hiring coach Tommy Amaker in 2007, the Crimson has seen a rapid rise in its returns on recruiting. In his first season at Harvard, Amaker recruited Keith Wright ’12 and Oliver McNally ’12, who led the Crimson to the NCAA Tournament as captains in 2012. Since then, Amaker has landed the likes of three-star forward Kenyatta Smith and the program’s first top-100 recruit in freshman forward Zena Edosomwan.

--Staff writer Hope Schwartz can be reached at HSchwartz@live.com