09/27/2010 11:39 PM ET
Rice High School's Sanders to Cincinnati
Senior considered Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, others
By Adam Zagoria / SNY.tv
Jermaine Sanders averaged 16 points and five rebounds last year at Rice. (Kimani Young / New Heights)

Jermaine Sanders told everyone in the college basketball world that he planned on signing late.

But one school kept recruiting him anyway.

Now Sanders has committed to that school and his recruitment is over with.

"I chose Cincinnati because I felt that was the right fit," he said in breaking the news to SNY.tv. "It was the school I knew I was going to play immediately as soon as I go there. I felt comfortable with the coaching staff, [assistant] coach [Darren] Savino and [head] coach [Mick] Cronin."

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior from Rice High School is the No. 31 wing in the Class of 2011. He also considered Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Providence and Miami.

"I speak for the entire Rice High School and New Heights family when I say we're extremely proud of Jermaine and his commitment to the University of Cincinnati," Rice assistant and New Heights athletic director Kimani Young said.

"Cincinnati's is not only landing a good player in Jermaine but a high character kid that will become a leader in their program." New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said the Bearcats are also landing a quality left-handed scorer.

"He can score," Konchalski said. "Cincinnati's all about buckets. I think he'll fit into their system well. He's a wing. He's not really a guard. He doesn't put the ball to the floor great but he has knack for scoring.

"He can hit deep 3's off the catch. He has a knack of getting inside the lane and scoring. He's got to work on his right hand. Most left-handers have trouble pledging allegiance with their right hand. He's profoundly left-handed. He's also got to work on guarding a wing player. But he's a scorer and there are never enough of those. If you can score, there's always a spot for you."

Sanders joins 6-7 small forward Shaquille Thomas off Montclair, N.J., 6-8 power forward Octavious Ellis of Memphis and 6-2 point guard Ge-Lawn Guyn of Kentucky and in Cincinnati's 2011 recruiting class. Thomas also committed on SNY.tv.

"I think I am versatile," Sanders said. "I bring rebounding and can play multiple positions."

Sanders had told colleges he would sign late, but Cincinnati kept on coming, securing his only official visit this past weekend.

"I just felt like once I told everybody that I might sign late, I knew that they were here to stay because they kept recruiting me," he said. "They made me feel like I was their number one player."

Adam Zagoria is a regular contributor to SNY.tv. Read his blog at ZagsBlog.com and follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AdamZagoria.
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