Harvard excited about Egi, '14 class

As its coaches hit the road again to secure future commitments, Harvard officially announced its 2014 men’s hoops class this week.

And if the scouting reports ultimately prove correct, the Crimson may have another star from north of the border on their hands.

Tommy Amaker’s three-player haul is led by Chris Egi, a four-star big man from Markham, Ontario, who may be the best Canadian to call Cambridge home since former Crimson cocaptain and all-time 3-point leader Laurent Rivard graduated this summer.

The class also features Andre Chatfield, an athletic wing, and Zach Yoshor, a skilled floor spacer.

"We are excited to have Andre, Chris and Zach join our program," Amaker said in a statement. "Each has succeeded at both the individual and team level and will contribute to our basketball program as we continue to strive for excellence."

ESPN.com’s Adam Finkelstein broke down the best mid-major recruiting classes back in December and gave the Crimson an A-minus.

He wrote:

Tommy Amaker has taken Ivy League recruiting to unprecedented levels since his arrival in Cambridge, Mass., but there were questions coming into this season about whether the Crimson would be able to maintain the same level after former lead recruiter Yanni Hufnagel moved to Vanderbilt’s staff. Amaker and his staff have answered the bell, pulling in a three-man class that is headlined by Chris Egi, a four-star big man who had a slew of high-major offers and is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Andre Chatfield is a long and athletic wing with a similarly high upside while Zach Yoshor provides a skilled court spacer on the perimeter.

ESPN international hoops expert Fran Fraschilla -- father of Crimson reserve Matt Fraschilla -- also had good things to say about Egi, including him on a list of the top international newcomers in college hoops for 2014-15.

Fraschilla wrote:


The Crimson went 27-5 in 2013-14, winning a fourth straight Ivy League title (by four games over Yale), beating Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA tournament and giving Michigan State a tough game before losing.

Can Egi fulfill the promise Finkelstein and Fraschilla see in him, learn from and mesh with Siyani Chambers, Wesley Saunders and Steve Moundou-Missi and help Amaker’s team continue its successful run?

Harvard fans can’t wait for the season to start to find out.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.