By Matt Popchock
Pittsburgh Central Catholic sharpshooter Lincoln Davis, who led that team to a surprise berth in the WPIAL Class AAAA title game, recently committed to Division I Fairfield, and one of his western PA contemporaries is reportedly close to picking a college as well.
Carliss Jeter, father of 6’6″ Beaver Falls swingman Sheldon Jeter, told Matt Rybaltowski of CBS Sports this week that not only has his son almost made up his mind, but that Vanderbilt has joined the list of finalists. That list also includes Florida State, Penn State, Northeastern, Kansas State, Seton Hall, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. Pitt has not formally offered him, though rumor has it that school’s interest has increased.
A visit to the Vanderbilt campus apparently excited the younger Jeter, as does the look of next season’s Commodores. Vandy finished third in the SEC in 2011-12 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
One of the most sought-after recruits in the WPIAL, Jeter was one of its leading scorers as a senior while leading Beaver Falls to its first WPIAL Class AA championship since 2005 and a berth in the PIAA final. The Tigers ended their run with a No. 9 overall state ranking by MaxPreps, and Jeter averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game.
For his efforts he was named the Post-Gazette’s 2011-12 Player of the Year earlier this month. He is ranked No. 34 among small forwards nationally by Rivals.com, and cracked the popular Rivals.com 150 list this year.
Check out some recent Jeter highlights, courtesy of Rubino Productions:
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