By Jeremy Balan
St. Ignatius junior Stephen Domingo ended the drama of a nearly three-year recruiting process on Monday, verbally committing to Georgetown University a full year before his scheduled graduation from high school.
Domingo, a 6-foot-7 wing and three-year varsity player, led the Wildcats in scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (five per game) in his junior season.
“It’s been a great ride.” Domingo said of the recruiting process, which had coaches from some of the best basketball programs in the nation attend his games at St. Ignatius. “I had some of the best coaches in America recruit me and it’s been an honor, but it has been going on so long, I had seen everything that I wanted to see.”
Domingo limited his college choices to Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford, UCLA and Washington recently, but said that his relationship with Hoyas head coach John Thompson and the school’s academic standing put Georgetown over the top.
“I really feel that I can develop as a young man and as a basketball player there,” Domingo said. “[Georgetown has] great academics, great tradition and I developed a relationship with coach Thompson and the rest of the coaching staff.”
Georgetown also shares common aspects with St. Ignatius. Both are Jesuit institutions, both basketball teams feature similar motion/Princeton-style offenses and both play in leagues known for physically-demanding play.
“It’s another Jesuit school and it makes the people at SI feel that what we’re doing here is getting through to these kids,” said St. Ignatius head coach Tim Reardon. “It’s also cool that he’s playing at a similar system and I think there’s no league that prepares you for Big East basketball like playing in the [West Catholic Athletic League].”
His commitment to Georgetown is undoubtedly positive news for San Francisco and St. Ignatius, but the City basketball community can’t take a deep breath just yet.
Swirling rumors about Domingo leaving SI for a nationally-drawing basketball academy still remain, and he has not explicitly dispelled them.
“Right now, I’m a student at SI and spring workouts are going great,” Domingo said. “I’m excited and looking forward to playing summer ball with my guys.”
Northern California talent leaving the area for the likes of Findlay Prep and Oak Hill Academy is not just a recent trend. Luke Whitehead, a standout forward that split for Oak Hill after his junior year at St. Ignatius in 1999, later went on to play at Louisville.
“We’re going to coach whoever is going to play for us,” Reardon said. “Stephen has said [to the SI coaching staff that] he’s committed to play for SI.”