It is never too early to start looking ahead.
Penn basketball already has four commitments for the Class of 2018, but coach Jerome Allen and his staff are also working on the Class of 2019, offering a place to guard Isaiah Still of Union Catholic (N.J.).
Still, a high school junior, is a 6-foot-4 guard that often functions as a slasher, getting to the basket well. According to The Recruit Scoop, his three-point shooting has improved, but Still is more of a wing than a shooting guard.
On Sunday in front of Penn coaches, Still scored 27 points in a Union Catholic victory - including 18 points in the second half - as his squad beat Marist high school, 75-57.
However, the Quakers are not the only team recruiting Still - as Lehigh coach Brett Reed also attended Sunday’s game. Still has received offers from Lehigh, Iona, Harvard and Siena as well as Penn, and has gotten strong interest from Quinnipiac and Monmouth.
The Red and Blue have also shown interest in other high school juniors, namely St. Andrews (Del.) guard Myles Stephens. Stephens, who is also 6-foot-4 and plays the wing, visited Penn on June 26 and has received interest from other Ivy League schools, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
Penn has filled up its Class of 2018 already with two forwards - Mike Auger and Ryan Singer - teaming up with small forward Sam Jones and guard Antonio Woods to form a versatile group for next year’s freshman class.
Go to thedp.com/sports for an exclusive interview with Singer.