Reitz guard Jaelan Sanford orally committed to the University of Toledo to play basketball late Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-3 Sanford, who averaged about 17 points per game for the Panthers last season, blew up this summer. Shortly after the July college recruiting period opened, Sanford received more than a dozen Division-I offers in a matter of two weeks.
Sanford decided on Toledo after he visited them, Ohio and Bowling Green State this past weekend.
“It was a very tough decision for me to make considering that I had so many great college programs to chose from,” Sanford said. “I thought about it for a while and talked about it with my dad and (Pocket City Basketball AAU club head) N.D. Kendrick, and after visiting Toledo and Ohio this past weekend and choosing between those two schools we’re tough.
“But I just had a great feeling about Toledo and felt like it is the best fit for me so I went ahead and committed. I’m super excited about it,” he added.
Sanford had received scholarship offers from American, Ball State, Boston, Bowling Green State, Eastern Kentucky, Illinois State, IPFW, Kent State, Northeastern, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Ohio, Robert Morris and Southern Indiana.
“He’s the hungriest kid in this program.” Kendrick said. “He was my number one priority get this summer. I knew once I got him, everything would change. He’s a highly competitive kid. A lot of people I spoke to thought he was a Division-II player.”
Toledo, a Division-I program who plays in the Mid-American Conference, went 27-7 last year and earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, where it was a No. 6-seed and lost in the first round.