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Friday, January 27, 2012


Well, reigning Central League MVP Shawn Church finally made a choice regarding his college recruitment: He hasn't picked a school.

The reason? Church, a 6-4 senior forward at Ridley, told me Thursday night that he will pursue the prep-school route in an attempt to improve his test scores and his college recruitment. Delaware County's second-leading scorer, Church averages 18..4 points per game.

Ridley coach Mike Snyder said Haverford coach Keith Heinerichs, Church's former coach at Ridley, will aid in the process.

"We're looking into that for him," said Snyder. "His AAU coach and Keith and I are going to help with that. There was Division I interest in the summer, but no offers. The AAU team he was playing for was loaded, so he was getting big-time schools looking at him. His grades aren't the strongest, so I think he's going to do the prep-school thing. He loves basketball and we want to help him get to the next level."

It had been believed that Church, the 11th player in Ridley history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau, was a Division I talent. While Snyder and Church confirmed that much, it'll take another year before we know where Church is taking his talents.

After Thursday's game, Haverford big man Kevin Gladstone told me he's narrowed his choices to four Division III schools: Wilkes, Gettysburg, Elizabethtown and DeSales. Gladstone, who averages 12 points per game, is a 6-4 forward.


I've been told Chester junior Rondae Jefferson has been offered a scholarship by Temple, while Glen Mills senior Raheem Harvey has not, though Harvey has been spotted at two Temple games this season.

Jefferson, one of the county's best players, has missed four of the Clippers' last six games due to what Chester coaches have termed "dehydration and exhaustion." Harvey is fresh off his second triple-double of the season, posting 22 points, 22 rebounds and 10 blocked shots Thursday night in a win over Chichester.

(Times staff photo / JULIA WILKINSON)

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