Penn basketball has lost a member of the class of 2018, at least for now.
Massanutten Military (Va.) senior center Ryan Singer, who had previously committed to Penn on Jan. 5, has reopened his recruitment. He was formerly the fourth commit in the class of 2018, joining forward Mike Auger, small forward Sam Jones and guard Antonio Woods.
It is unclear why Singer decommitted , although it remains a possibility that he will recommit to Penn in the near future. The Quakers finished the season 8-20 with a 5-9 record in Ivy play, including a 2-7 finish to the season after Singer spoke with The Daily Pennsylvanian on Feb. 12.
Singer, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound center, committed to Penn after attending the Quakers’ matchup with La Salle on Jan. 4. In his interview with the DP , Singer said his biggest strengths were his “ability to run the floor faster than most big guys” and his defense .
The high school senior also said that Penn assistant coach Jason Polykoff was the coach that recruited him and sold him on Penn, adding that Polykoff was “there for me and every question that I need[ed].”
When asked why he chose Penn over other schools, Singer highlighted the academic possibilities that Penn had to offer.
“I chose Penn because of many reasons,” he said. “Obviously, they are an Ivy school with the academics and the education. There is nothing else like it. Although basketball is why I’m going to school [and] what I want to do, to fall back on a great education and get the degree that I want to do is really attractive to me.”
He also added that he enjoyed both the team and coaching staff. After the Red and Blue swept Cornell and Columbia on Feb. 7-8, Signer expressed his excitement for the upcoming season.
“I think there is a lot of upside with this team, especially with the new recruits coming in,” he said. “I’ve seen most of them play. I’m really excited for what is ahead for us and I’m excited to be a Quaker and come in and play some basketball.”
Now, whether Singer will be in a Penn uniform next year has been placed in doubt.
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