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Herndon All-Met Reynolds to Play for Sooners

"Credit Damion for pushing me to commit," Reynolds said.

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Among local seniors, one player who came on strong this season made a decision this week while another said he could have his choice made shortly.

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Suitland forward Christian Jackson, a third-team All-Met, committed to Manhattan this past Wednesday. He averaged 17 points per game this past season, including a season-high 40, and displayed a terrific ability to score.

"Manhattan started showing interest later in the season," Suitland Coach Tyrone Massenburg said, noting that Jaspers Coach Bobby Gonzalez learned of Jackson from former Syracuse assistant Troy Weaver and former California coach Todd Bozeman, who attended some Suitland games this season.

"Both those guys said good things about him. That helped. [Manhattan] just liked his upside. They think that physically he can play at that level. He finished strong this year, drew a lot of interest. I wonder where he would be if he did a four-year career here."

Jackson, who is 6 feet 3, spent his first three years of high school at Carroll.

"This is a good school, a good opportunity, it all worked out for him," Massenburg said. "It will be a good fit for him. It's ironic, leave the [highly-regarded Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] and come to a public school and get your scholarship. That doesn't happen too much, does it."

Meantime, Gonzaga forward Paul Johnson -- a fourth-team All-Met -- is traveling to Philadelphia this weekend to visit La Salle and soon hopes to decide between the Explorers and George Mason.

Johnson said he recently decided against going to Penn. Northwestern also is out of the picture, though there remains a possibility that Johnson might go to St. Joseph's. The Hawks do not have any scholarships available, though Johnson said he has been offered a partial academic scholarship.

Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said that Tulsa, Toledo and Bowling Green have been among the schools recently inquiring about Johnson, who is 6-6 and averaged 16.7 points this past season.

Forward Kenyon Churchwell has taken visits to Harvard and Brown, Turner said, and also is hearing from Vermont, New Hampshire and Fairfield.

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