By Phil Anastasia
PItman senior guard Darnell Foreman, who led the Panthers to the Group 1 state title on Sunday, has drawn strong recruiting interest from the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn coach Jerome Allen contacted Foreman's father, also named Darnell, on Sunday night and expressed his interest in recruiting the Pitman player, the elder Foreman said Monday.
As an Ivy League program, Penn does not offer athletic scholarships so the Quakers don't make recruiting "offers" in the same way as other colleges.
However, athletes who are recruited to Ivy League programs often can receive what amounts to the equivilent of an athletic scholarship in the form of grants and financial-aid packages.
Foreman said that Pitman officials sent his transcript to Penn on Monday morning.
"It's very exciting," Foreman said Monday of Penn's recruiting interest. "It's a great school in a great area for basketball. They play a great out-of-conference schedule. The tradition there is awesome."
Foreman said he was "very interested" in Penn but would need to learn more before making a decision on his college destination.
"The hard work is finally paying off," Foreman said. "It's very rewarding to be drawing the attention of that kind of program."
Foreman, who lives in Pennsauken, is a tuition student at Pitman. He spent his first two years at St. Anthony of Jersey City.
Foreman is a top student who has a 3.8 grade point average and scored 1,510 on his SAT, according to his father.
Foreman is Pitman's leading scorer with a 17.3 points per game average. He has picked up his game in the post-season, scoring 28 in a victory over Burlington City and 26 in the South Jersey Group 1 final against Schalick, and controlling play in the second half of Sunday's state final against Bloomfield Tech.
"The first half I kind of struggled a little bit with the pace," said Foreman, who scofred 16 of his 18 points after halftime. "I couldn't control the pace. It was a little too fast.
"The second half, I was able to get in the lane, make some things happen. I stayed focused, stayed assertive."
Foreman and Pitman will play in the Tournament of Champions quarterfinals on Tuesday night at 5:30 against Group 4 champion Linden at Toms River North.
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