6-foot-2 combo-guard Antonio Jardine, or "scoop" as he's known in the Philadelphia area made his college pick today. He narrowed it down to two Big East powers, before making the call. Rivals.com has the late breaking story.
"I was 110% sure about Syracuse, so I wanted to get it over with before the start of the season," Jardine said. "I called coach Boeheim and coach (Mike) Hopkins today to let them know."
Jardine picked Syracuse over Villanova. He narrowed it down to those two schools, but his trip to Syracuse over Labor Day weekend, was the clincher.
"I was there with my dad, and I felt like doing it right there," he said. "Coach Boeheim really made me feel at home. I just knew I could be there four years."
Jardine, ranked #34 in the Class of 2007, at one point had NC State, Wake Forest, Rutgers, and Virginia on his list as well.
Jardine had planned to take some more visits in the fall, but those plans changed after the Syracuse visit.
"What could be bigger than Syracuse?" Jardine asked.
In a couple of years with Jardine joining fellow 2007 recruit Johnny Flynn and if 2006 stud Paul Harris sticks around, Syracuse could, indeed be sitting atop the pile in the new Big East.