Steve Tchiengang is headed to the SEC. The four-star forward from Montverde Academy (Fla.) verbally committed to Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.
According to his new head coach Kevin Sutton, the 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward was ready to end the long, drawn out recruiting process.
Tchiengang also considered Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and Baylor.
"There wasn't one particular thing about them that made him pick them over the other four schools," Sutton said. "The other four are all great institutions and all have quality basketball programs with quality coaches. It was a very tough decision.
"He had to pray long and hard about it and just felt comfortable with the things they had to offer there athletically and academically. (Assistant coaches) King Rice and Dan Muller and, of course, Kevin Stallings. The wrapped their arms around him and recruited him really well."
The top 100 prospect is the first player to commit to the Commodores in the class of 2008.
"They are getting a good, solid player that can contribute early as a freshman and have four outstanding years ahead of him," Sutton said.