Worcester's Tharpe chooses Kansas

Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith has confirmed that point guard Naadir Tharpe has verbally committed to the University of Kansas for the fall of 2011.

Tharpe, a Worcester native who transferred to the Wolfeboro, N.H. campus and re-classified after his sophomore season at St. Peter-Marian High, initially committed to Providence last season. He opened up his recruitment again last June, after then-assistant coach Pat Skerry left the Friars for Pitt. Tharpe was also considering St. John's, Minnesota and Oklahoma, the latter of which he had an official visit scheduled for this Friday.

On the heels of a terrific summer with the New England Playaz AAU squad, Tharpe, 19, is the No. 66 ranked overall player in the country according to ESPNU's rankings, and the No. 14 player at his position. He has an official visit planned for KU on October 22, and sources suggested that he would commit to the Jayhawks upon his return to Brewster.