Daryl Pegram Says He Tried With Grant

Daryl Pegram, a 6-8, 190-pound forward from Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, has become a key part in trying to help head coach Mike Davis recruit some more top players.
Pegram told us after his team won a game this past Friday night that he tried to help the Hoosiers of Indiana recruit Damion Grant, who recently made a commitment to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
"I tried talking to Damion since I know him," Pegram said. "But he really liked North Carolina alot. Once he took his visit I think he knew where he wanted to go. So I couldn't change his mind."
Pegram, who is friends with Charlie Villanueva, a 6-9 forward from Blair Academy in New Jersey, is also a target for Daryl too. "Charlie is a good friend of mine," Pegram said.
"Charlie is a great guy and a great player. I played against him several times during the summer and fall," Pegram added. "So I know how great a player he is. Charlie has said he is interested in Indiana so I have told him how great playing at Indiana will be."
But Pegram conceded that Villanueva is in the early stages of his recruiting process. "It's early for him and he is still open," Pegram said. "I wish him luck no matter where he goes. It would be great if he came to Indiana though."
Last season at Worcester for Mo Cassara's New England prep school program, Pegram averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He said he has a 3.2 GPA and a 1080 SAT score, which has attracted a high caliber of academic minded schools to Pegram.
Pegram kicked off the summer at the first session of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Clinic in Trenton, N.J., and then headed back west to play in the Big Time Tournament and the week's Best of Summer.