Dougherty's Mumford commits to St. Peter's

Posted: March 26, 2007

Basketball recruiting mirrors life. People come and go.

Kahlil Mumford can address that subject and, luckily for him, everything worked out with regard to St. Peter's.

The Peacocks went. They came back.

Mumford, a 5-10, 160-pound senior guard from Cardinal Dougherty, and the coaches' MVP of the Catholic League Northern Division, has made an oral commitment with the Division I school in Jersey City, N.J.

Sight unseen, at that.

"Coach [John] Dunne is going to call me [today] to talk about when I can come up for the official visit," Mumford said. "The assistant, coach [Rob] Kurzinsky, called me Friday and said he was offering a scholarship. He said it was one of those first-come, first-gets-it deals.

"I was looking for a D-I offer. This was my first. They're making it, hey, I'm accepting it. They said they needed another scoring guard. This was what I wanted, the chance for D-I."

Mumford, a sweet-shooting lefty who rang up 1,001 career points, said he first heard from Kurzinsky last summer, but that the contact later ceased.

The coach happened to attend one of Dougherty's regular-season games, specifically to watch someone else, and paid a post-game visit to the locker room.

Mumford was asked to send some tapes. Thanks to Dougherty coach Mark Heimerdinger, as well as rival coaches Mike McCarron (North Catholic) and Bernie Rogers (Archbishop Ryan), he was able to comply with quality viewing.

"I'm really grateful to the people who help me," Mumford said. "My coaches. Those other coaches. My family . . . I even get help from my teammates' families." *

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