The recruiting process ends on signing day for so many prized Division I basketball recruits. But it won’t be that way for Hunter Myers.
Myers, the 6-foot-7 Douglas senior, won’t participate in signing day, he said, after verbally committing to Harvard on Tuesday. The Ivy League school does not award athletic scholarships.
The commitment Myers gave Harvard coach Tommy Amaker is not binding, but Myers said he will not waver.
“I just loved being on the campus. It felt homey, and I felt very comfortable there and with the other guys on the team,” Myers said of his official visit to Harvard.
Myers, who averaged 16 points, five rebounds and two blocks for the Tigers last season, took official visits to Harvard and Stanford the past two weekends.
“When I got back, I just sat on it for 48 hours,” Myers said. “It came down to how I felt at each school. Harvard was relaxed, and I felt comfortable. Stanford felt busy and rushed.”
Myers’ commitment concluded a sort of whirlwind year for the two-time member of the RGJ’s All-North team. Myers had just one offer, from Nevada, before last season started. But the list of interested schools quickly grew, especially after a stellar spring playing for the Nevada Wolverines club team.
Myers had nearly 20 offers, which he whittled to six — Harvard, Stanford, Cal, Lehigh, Princeton and Santa Barbara — at the end of the summer. That list then became the final two that he visited.
After Myers let Amaker, the former Michigan coach, know of his decision, he did the same for the other five finalists.
“It’s amazing to look back and be able to go through this process,” Myers said. “But to have it over with is a little weight lifted off my shoulders. I wanted to get it over with before the season started so I can just play.”
Harvard went 26-5 last year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament to end a 376-year drought. The Crimson lost to fifth-seeded Vanderbilt in the round of 64, and then lost its top two players this summer to an academic cheating scandal.
Myers, likely a small forward at the next level, joins North Hollywood (Calif.) power forward Zena Edosomwan in the Crimson’s 2013 class.
Myers, who ranks No. 1 in his class at Douglas, will seek as many academic scholarships as possible to “lessen the financial burden on my family” while looking to better the Tigers’ region runner-up finish, which included a state tournament berth, from last season.
“I have one year left with my Douglas team,” he said, “and I want to do something special.”