Villanova will benefit from signing day

Westtown School's Daniel Ochefu, the area's premier boys' basketball prospect, is likely to sign with Villanova today.
Westtown School's Daniel Ochefu, the area's premier boys' basketball prospect, is likely to sign with Villanova today. (AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer)

Neshaminy's Arcidiacono, Westtown's Ochefu set to sign NCAA hoops letters with Wildcats.

Posted: November 09, 2011

Neshaminy's Ryan Arcidiacono and Westtown School's Daniel Ochefu, two of the area's most sought-after boys' basketball recruits, are set to officially make Villanova their college destination.

Arcidiacono, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard, and Ochefu, a 6-10, 240-pound forward, are expected to sign binding letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the one-week November period for most winter- and spring-sports athletes to sign national letters of intent with NCAA Division I or II schools.

Last season, Arcidiacono, a long-range sharpshooter and terrific ball-handler, averaged 20.4 points and hit 65 three-pointers in helping lead Neshaminy to a 22-7 record and its first trip to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinals.

Ochefu, a solid rebounder and shot blocker, averaged about 16 points and 12 rebounds as Westtown went 17-10 and qualified for the Friends Schools League playoffs.

Arcidiacono and Ochefu (pronounced oh-CHAY-fu) were ranked 34th and 40th, respectively, in ESPN.com's "Super 60" for the Class of 2012.

For his career, Arcidiacano has totaled 1,498 points, 449 rebounds, 378 assists, 178 steals, and 160 three-pointers. His father, Joe, played football at Villanova.

Born in Baltimore, Ochefu moved with his family to Nigeria when he was 11 and lived there for three years. His parents, Hassan and Elizabeth, are from Nigeria and Cameroon, respectively.

Chestnut Hill Academy's Malik Garner, a 6-5 forward, and Council Rock North point guard Aaron Morgan are both bound for Maryland-Baltimore County.

In girls' basketball, Council Rock South's Alex Wheatley, who averaged an area-best 20.1 points last season, will take her skills to Princeton.

Ciara Andrews, a high-scoring guard from Cheltenham, will play at St. Joseph's. Andrews averaged 19.8 points for the Panthers last season.

Next Wednesday, Neumann-Goretti will have a signing ceremony for four Division I recruits: Derrick Stewart, to Rider for basketball; Jimmy Kerrigan and Joey Gorman, to Temple and St. Joseph's, respectively, for baseball; and 6-2 forward Omowumi Rafiu, who is expected to commit to play hoops at Georgetown or Seton Hall.

Friends' Central standout Amile Jefferson, the area's most prized boys' basketball recruit, has yet to make an oral commitment. The Inquirer's all-Southeastern Pennsylvania player of the year in 2010-11 is scheduled to visit Stanford this weekend.

Also in the running for the services of the 6-8, 190-pounder are North Carolina State, Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut, Temple, and Villanova. His trip to Stanford will be his fifth and final official visit.

Kahleah Copper, a quick and high-leaping guard for Prep Charter, is deciding among DePaul, Rutgers, St. John's, and Syracuse. The 6-foot senior, who averaged 17 points last season, might announce her choice Thursday, coach Paul Rieser said.


Southeastern Pennsylvania's College Commitments

Athletes who will compete in a winter or spring sport in college (except for track and field) may begin signing national letters of intent on Wednesday. Here are some of the local student-athletes who have committed to NCAA Division I colleges in those sports.

Boys' Basketball

Jerome Alexander   Hill School   Navy   

Ryan Arcidiacono   Neshaminy   Villanova   

Isaiah Baker   Shipley   Holy Cross   

Hans Brase   Hill School   Princeton   

Billy Dooley   Chestnut Hill Acad.   American   

Eric Fanning   Perkiomen School   Wagner   

Malik Garner   Chestnut Hill Acad.   Maryland-Balt. Co.   

Marcus Gilbert   Acad. New Church   Fairfield   

Brendan Kilpatrick   Malvern Prep   Vermont   

Aaron Morgan   Council Rock North   Maryland-Balt. Co.   

Daniel Ochefu   Westtown   Villanova   

Derrick Stewart   Neumann-Goretti   Rider   

Shawn Valentine   Phelps School   Rider   

Maurice Watson   Boys' Latin   Boston U.   

Girls' Basketball

Ciara Andrews   Cheltenham   St. Joseph's   

Meghan Creighton   Archbishop Carroll   Drexel   

Jaryn Garner   Germantown Acad.   Virginia   

Maureen Leahy   Cardinal O'Hara   Bryant   

Rachel Pearson   Archbishop Carroll   Drexel   

D. Thomas-Palmer   Penn Charter   Hofstra   

Alex Wheatley   Council Rock South   Princeton   

Wrestling

Chuck Boddy   Germantown Acad.   Bucknell   

Matt Cimato   La Salle   Drexel   

Chris Yankowich   Germantown Acad.   Virginia   

Baseball

Jake Drossner   Council Rock North   Maryland   

Demetrius Jennings   Penn Charter   Wofford   

Joey Gorman   Neumann-Goretti   St. Joseph's   

Jimmy Kerrigan   Neumann-Goretti   Temple   

Kenny Koplove   Penn Charter   Duke   

Dan Rosenbaum   Plym. Whitemarsh   Louisville   

Scott Williams   Conestoga   Virginia   

Softball

Nicole D'Andrea   Hatboro-Horsham   New Haven   

Jackie DiPietro   Hatboro Horsham   Seton Hall   

Val Sadowl   Hatboro-Horsham   Connecticut   

Boys' Lacrosse

Ryan Ambler   Abington   Princeton   

Connor Bailey   Haverford School   Georgetown   

Warner Bailey   Haverford School   Georgetown   

Henry Blynn   Haverford School   Brown   

Tyler Brooke   Conestoga   Maryland   

Chris Duffy   Abington   Hartford   

Casey Eidenshink   La Salle   Lehigh   

Brendan Fabian   Avon Grove   Drexel   

P.J. Finley   Malvern Prep   Notre Dame   

Blaine Fleming   St. Joseph's Prep   Marquette   

Connor Frisina   Conestoga   Delaware   

Mac Gallagher   Shipley   Lafayette   

Adam Goins   Conestoga   Notre Dame   

Zack Gregory   Conestoga   Towson   

Ryan Guittare   Garnet Valley   Penn State   

Will Gural   Haverford School   Brown   

Jamie Ikeda   Conestoga   Duke   

Jordan Klunder   Conestoga   Drexel   

Ryan Lehman   Garnet Valley   Maryland   

Bradlee Lord   Conestoga   Maryland   

Mike McGregor   Conestoga   Drexel   

Will McNamara   Haverford School   Virginia   

Paxton Moore   Haverford School   Michigan   

Zach Rego   Haverford School   Georgetown   

Sam Rohr   Haverford School   Penn   

Miles Thomas   Conestoga   Drexel   

Chris Vetter   Central Bucks East   Towson   

Girls' Lacrosse

Alyssa Andress   Archbishop Wood   North Carolina   

Kristen Bandos   Notre Dame   Georgetown   

Halley Barnes   Garnet Valley   Rutgers   

Katie Boyle   Archbishop Carroll   Holy Cross   

Burke Brabson   Mount St. Joseph   La Salle   

Lizzy Carr   Hatboro-Horsham   Drexel   

Taylor Clark   West Chester East   La Salle   

Campbell Crochiere   Agnes Irwin   Richmond   

Kelly Cross   Upper Dublin   Syracuse   

Becca Dahle   Friends' Central   Brown   

Cortnee Daley   Hatboro-Horsham   Louisville   

Michele DeVincent   Upper Dublin   California   

Gabbi Hull   Archbishop Carroll   G. Washington   

Allyson Heavens   Garnet Valley   Penn State   

Maddy Lesher   Archbishop Carroll   Loyola (Md.)   

Elizabeth Lowry   Radnor   Duquesne   

Brenda McDermott   North Penn   Temple   

Julie McKay   Hatboro-Horsham   American   

Bonnie McShane   Merion Mercy   St. Joseph's   

Maddie McTigue   Villa Maria Acad.   Temple   

Jenna Mertz   Villa Maria Acad.   James Madison   

Natalie Miller   Radnor   Georgetown   

Jackie Moccia   Great Valley   Oregon   

Kelly Molloy   Strath Haven   Vermont   

Kristen Norden   Radnor   Colgate   

Colleen Packer   Radnor   Columbia   

Kathryn Skahan   Bishop Shanahan   Temple   

Iris Williamson   Germantown Frds.   Penn   


Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019, robrien@phillynews.com, or @ozoneinq on Twitter. Read his blog, "The O'Zone," at www.philly.com/ozone

 

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