The 6-foot-8 senior forward transferred to Nia Prep School in Newark, N.J. before the start of this basketball season. Nia is a seventh- through 12th-grade school with an average enrollment of about 150 students.
Hanner can sign a biding national letter of intent on April 14, the first day of the regular signing period. The Philadelphia native is scheduled to take the SAT on March 13.
“It feels a thought Seton Hall is a good fit for me,” said Hanner, who took an un-official visit to the South Orange, N.J. campus Tuesday. “When I was up there it was a great atmosphere.”
The 18-year-old accepted the Big East Conference school’s scholarship offer over an offer from Iowa State. He alo received moderate interest from Texas, Oregon State, Minnesota, Boston College and Charlotte.
Hanner believes that his skills best suit the Pirates, who are in search of a versatile big man.
“They need another rebounder and somebody who can face the basket,” Hanner said. “I can play both forward positions.”
He can also finish strong around the basket with either hand and is a talented rebounder. Averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds a game, Hanner’s versatility has been on display this season.
“Jamir Hanner will be an exciting player for Seton Hall,” Nia Prep coach Rudy King told ZagsBlog. “As a former high school coach from New York City, I always compare players to what I’ve experienced. And if he was a prospect in New York, he would have been an all-America candidate.”
As a junior, Hanner averaged 20.1 points en route to leading Southern to the Public League Class AAAA title. He tallied 713 points during his two seasons on the Rams’ varsity squad. Hanner attended Prep Charter as a freshman and was a member of the Huskies' varsity team. He, however, didn’t see any game action.
Villanova is no longer in the running to get an oral commitment from Rakeem Christmas, one of the nation’s elite high school basketball players in the Class of 2011.
The Academy of New Church 6-foot-9 junior power forward narrowed his list of schools down to the
- Keith Pompey
Neumann-Goretti senior Tyreek Duren gave an oral commitment today to play basketball at La Salle University. The 6-foot, 180-pound point guard chose the Explorers over Temple and Massachusetts.
-- Keith Pompey
Neumann-Goretti senior Tyreek Duren will attend today's Temple University men's basketball practice, according to a source close to the situation. The source also said the 6-foot, 180-pound point guard will watch La Salle's Friday practice.
Duren plans to make an oral commitment to play college basketball in the near future. Temple and La Salle are the frontrunners, while Massachusetts is third. All three schools are members of the Atlantic Ten Conference.
Whenever he does decide on a college, the 17-year-old will become the third Neumann-Goretti player to secure a basketball scholarship. Senior guard Tony Chennault gave an oral commitment to Wake Forest last year. Senior forward Daniel Stewart accepted a scholarship to Rider on Friday.
-- Keith Pompey