Mike White | 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31
Sewickley Academy basketball player Tom Droney said he will probably decide on a college in the next month.
Droney is only a junior, but apparently wants to get the decision out of the way. He said his top three schools are still Pitt, Notre Dame and Davidson.
I don't have a personal feeling on where he will choose. Some high school coaches don't believe he fits Pitt's style of play or style of player. Droney is thin, but he is only a junior in high school. He has some time to get more physical.
That being said, Notre Dame's style might be more suited for him. But purely on a personal basis, it would be kind of nice to see a local kid at Pitt. It does add a little extra something when Pitt - or even Duquesne - has a local player who starts. Just look at Pitt now. As good as the Panthers are to watch, isn't it just a little more interesting because they have DeJuan Blair, the local kid from Schenley?
More basketball recruiting
Franklin Regional's Nick Novak, who led the WPIAL in scoring this season at 28 ppg, has made a verbal commitment to Pitt-Johnstown. He committed after playing in the Hoops For A Cure all-star game at Chartiers Valley last Friday. I think Novak will do well there. The kid is a scorer. Not a shooter. A scorer. He was able to get to the basket and hit pull-up shots better than any WPIAL guard I've seen in the WPIAL the past few years.
Pitt-Johnstown is a Division II school. Another WPIAL player headed to a Division II school is Latrobe's Jeff Yunetz. He had committed to West Liberty (W.Va.). Yunetz is very underrated. He's a tremendous shooter, with more than 200 3-pointers in his career. He should fit right in at West Liberty because the team led NCAA Division II in 3-pointers this season with 11 a game. West Liberty also averaged a whopping 98 points a game. Yunetz might have a nice career there.