By Mike White | Friday, March 26, 2010, 11:10 a.m.
Blog note: I am in State College for the PIAA basketball championships and we'll have live blogs for the games starting this afternoon.
Tonight's Chartiers Valley-Neumann Goretti Class AAA boys' championship is one of the most interesting involving a WPIAL team in a long time. But I'm also looking forward to seeing Plymouth-Whitemarsh play Penn Wood in the AAAA final tomorrow night, just to get a good look at Plymouth-Whitemarsh junior forward Jaylen Bond.
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was at Chambersburg High School Thursday night to watch Bond and his Plymouth-Whitemarsh team defeat North Allegheny, 71-47. Bond had 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh coach Jim Donofrio said Pitt has not offered a scholarship to Bond yet, but the Panthers seem very interested. Here are some comments from Donofrio about Bond's recruiting and his talents.
"Temple put the first offer out there [to Bond] and West Virginia is very interested. Villanova is calling quite a bit, too. I'd say it would be West Virginia, Pitt, Villanova - in that order in terms of interest from the Big East. Then Florida State from the ACC.
"It was great that Coach Jamie was there [at the North Allegheny game]. He was having a nice game. Jaylen is 6-7, about 210 pounds. He's only 16 years of age. He's one of those kids who always had great size and has been more of a power guy. Like a lot of power guys, he's trying to become more of a perimeter guy. He's a terrific kid who has a terrific family. He has really big hands and really big feet. The best days for a kid like him are 3 or 4 years down the road. He really crashes the boards well.
"When he gets going, gets the force with him and decides to focus, he's very powerful around the basket. The Big East schools love him him because they need athletically strong guys - and the rest will come."