The Pittsburgh Sports Report’s
Keystone Recruiting Reports
August 30 - #1, 2005
Aliquippa Star To Stay Put
Pope Confirms He’s Not Transferring
by Chris Dokish
As Keystone Recruiting first reported last week, junior basketball
player Herb Pope has returned to Aliquippa after spending a few
days in Jacksonville, Florida where he was looking at a possible
transfer to Arlington Country Day School, a top rated basketball
and academic school. When asked if he was going to remain enrolled
at Aliquippa High School, Pope replied, “Yep, I want to stay here
for my last two years.” He also stated that there are no other
prep schools being currently discussed as a possible destination.
When asked why he visited the Florida prep school, Pope replied,
“I just wanted to explore my options,” and cited academic and
competition reasons as to why Arlington Country Day was targeted.
It is believed that one of the coaches on his Pittsburgh JOTS
AAU team, J.O. Stright, asked him to check out the school, but
Pope would not confirm.
“I have no comment on that,” said Pope.
Pope, who gave a verbal commitment to the University of Pittsburgh
earlier this year, also confirmed that he is open to looking at
other colleges. Yet he reiterates that there is a “98.9%” chance
that he will enroll at Pittsburgh and that as long as the current
staff is there, he will be a Panther.
“I just want to keep my options open a little,” said Pope. “Cincinnati
just lost their coach so you never know if the Big East will fall
apart. So I just want to make sure.”
As for Panther fans nervous they might never see Pope in the
blue and gold, Pope replied, “I just want them to respect my wishes
to explore all of my options.”