Boys Basketball: Domingo will forgo senior season at SI to enroll at Georgetown

Stephen Domingo validated rumors that he would leave St. Ignatius before his senior season on Tuesday. (Photo by Eric Luis)

Stephen Domingo validated rumors that he would leave St. Ignatius before his senior season on Tuesday. (Photo by Eric Luis)

By Jeremy Balan

(Developing story. Updates will be posted as we get them.)

Update (Friday, 6:30 p.m.): We still haven’t received any information from Georgetown or any other sources on how Domingo is enrolling early without a high school diploma, but we were able to catch up with one of his teammates, Albert Waters. Waters, who will be a senior in the fall and played on the varsity football and basketball teams last season, is not only a classmate and a teammate, but first played with Domingo on an AAU team in seventh grade.

Waters: “We found out from Stephen yesterday. He told a couple of friends and we talked about it in practice. There was a little bit of shock at first, because I’ve never heard of skipping your senior year to go straight to college . . . He’ll be missed as a player and as a friend, but I’m happy for him. It’s a great opportunity and Georgetown is a great school . . . As a team, we’ll have to work to fill the void of his scoring and everything else . . . No matter what, we’re trying to do our best, but we will use this as motivation. Not in a negative way, like we have to prove everybody wrong, but so that we can get the younger guys to grow and so that our class, as seniors, can set an example about overcoming obstacles.”

Update (2:40 p.m.): The one remaining facet of this story that still undetermined is how Domingo is able to enroll early at Georgetown without a high school diploma from St. Ignatius. We are still waiting to hear back from the Georgetown Sports Information Department, but we were able to confirm that he does not have enough credits to graduate from St. Ignatius at this time. We spoke to Carole Nickolai, the assistant principal for academics at St. Ignatius, on this topic.

Nickolai: “We’re not exactly sure [how he is enrolling early] on our end. He hasn’t met the high school graduation requirements for St. Ignatius, but I don’t know if he hasn’t fulfilled others at a different institution or received other qualifications to enroll at Georgetown . . . On June 11, he emailed me to confirm the courses he was interested in taking [for the upcoming school year] . . . We’re curious [how he is enrolling] on our end as well. We wish Stephen the best of luck, but we were quite surprised.”

Update (2 p.m.): Domingo’s greatest criticism throughout his high school career was a perceived reluctance to play in the post and in the paint. Many have intimated and explicitly stated that he essentially played high school basketball like he was going to play college basketball, rather than molding his game to have the most success at the high school level. Doug Benton, a sports analyst at, spoke with us earlier today on this issue.

Benton: “Stephen was surrounded by controversy about his game during his high school career. His skill set, which earned him high national rankings, never matched his high school numbers. In the end, with the goal of playing Division I basketball and beyond, he achieved the first step in enrolling at a high-level university like Georgetown.”

Update (1 p.m.): We just got in contact with St. Ignatius athletic director John Mulkerrins. Here is his statement.

Mulkerrins: “The news came as a surprise to us, as SI was not included in the family’s decision to enroll early at Georgetown, but we wish him the best of luck . . . The decision is bigger than SI and/or Stephen. It effects schools locally and nationally. I feel that students should finish their senior years, because it is best for their development as a student and an athlete.”

Update (12:30 p.m.): We could only speak to St. Ignatius head coach Tim Reardon briefly this morning because of his summer-school schedule, but had an extended talk with him early in the afternoon. Here are his expanded thoughts on Domingo leaving for Georgetown.

Reardon: “Stephen’s goal has always been to play in the NBA and I wish him the best on that. I’m guessing that played a part in how he treated his high school career . . . It would have been fun to see if he developed into the kinda player everybody thought he was going to be. We are not going to get that chance now, at the high school level, at least. That part is sad. Him and Trevor [Dunbar] could have done exciting things in his senior year . . . The one thing that we were always told by his parents was that he was going to graduate from SI. I haven’t talked to his parents or to Stephen, but I didn’t know [enrolling early at Georgetown] was even in the conversation. I heard that rumor, but I had always dismissed it, because I didn’t think it was possible . . . I’d hate to see it become a trend, because I think most kids are not mature enough to step into that world before their senior year. I’m not saying that’s the case with Stephen, because he’s traveled the world with Team USA, and if anyone is ready and mature enough, it’s him . . . We’ll be smaller now, not that Stephen was a big force as a rebounder, but he was a 6-7 guy in the middle. We can be a guard-centered team now. [Albert] Waters is back and Trevor is back. We ran all summer long and we’ve changed the tempo of the game. Not to say we would use that against everyone, but it’s nice to have that option . . . In a way it will free players up to utilize their strengths, unlike before, when they would worry about getting Stephen enough shots or touches. They can worry about running the system and doing what you need to do to win, rather than worrying about a superstar, even though he didn’t put that label on himself . . . On the teams I’ve had that have won [Central Coast Section] championships, it hasn’t always been with guys who have NBA aspirations. It’s been with guys who just want to be good high school players and win. Sometimes those teams are the most successful.”

Update (11:10 a.m.): We’re still waiting to hear back from the St. Ignatius athletic department, but here are some reactions from Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach Darrell Barbour and Riordan head coach Rich Buckner.

Barbour: “Today’s culture is different in high school basketball. That’s why this decision doesn’t surprise me. Reclassifying, going to prep school and all of that has changed the culture . . . As a coach, I was really curious to see how we were going to do against him, with [Taylor Johns and Joshua Fox] gone. I was looking forward to that, to see how our kids would respond and play against his size. The same thing goes for [Mitty’s Aaron] Gordon. In one aspect, it gives you nightmares, but I want to see how my kids compete . . . Being a realist, this is what we have to deal with. Would I like it to happen to me? No, as a coach, I wouldn’t. You want your best players to stay, but at the same time, I can’t say it’s good or bad, because every person has to make the decisions that are best for them. Does it hurt high school basketball? Yeah, but I’m not in his shoes or his parents’ shoes. I tip my hat to him and wish him the best.”

Buckner: “First off, congratulations to Stephen and his family. This shows what hard work on and off the court can do for you . . . That being said, I don’t know if I should do a cartwheel or what right now. He was a Riordan killer . . . He’s a special talent and these things happen every 10 or 15 years, but on the flip side it does set a precedent. It’s good for him, but its bad for everyone else, especially SI. It’s bad that we’re losing the best player in San Francisco. We want to hold on to those guys.”
(Original story posted at 9 a.m.)

Stephen Domingo’s exit from St. Ignatius has been rumored for at least a year and the San Francisco native made it official yesterday, when his parents told the school’s administration that he would be enrolling early at Georgetown University, where he committed to play in in May.

Originally reported by and confirmed by St. Ignatius head basketball coach Tim Reardon, Domingo is already in Washington, DC.

“From what I understand, he’s going to Georgetown next year and playing for Georgetown next year,” Reardon said. “I don’t know how that works, considering he didn’t graduate from high school, but that’s what his mother told our principal.”

Rumors of Domingo leaving have been pervasive all season and ranged from his early enrollment at Georgetown to him joining a prep school like Finley Prep in Nev. or Oak Hill Academy in Va.

He didn’t help the rumors when he made a non-committing comment on the issue in May.

“Right now, I’m a student at SI and spring workouts are going great,” Domingo said in May. “I’m excited and looking forward to playing summer ball with my guys.”

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. He was named first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League in his junior season and was named second-team All-City by this publication.

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  1. JJ and Drama, Looks like SD31 really did care about SI and even getting a diploma there.

    • Johnny Drama | July 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM |

      I’m reading all these posts and I must admit I am getting quite a bit amusement from them. I’m curious why some people feel that this means SD31 does not care about his school or feel this is a slap in the face of SI. Kids go to SI because it improves their odds of getting into a prestigious university. SI did it’s job because SD31 did his academically. He obviously has the necessary requirements after 3 years to enroll at G’Town. The NCAA clearinghouse has the last say. SD31 was presented with an opportunity not afforded to too many athletes. I understand why his coaches, teammates and school community may be upset but there are many in the community that are proud of him and are happy for him. All you Monday morning QB’s that say he isn’t that good or can’t play D1, you are entitled to your opinion, but it doesn’t mean anything. One of the best coaches in the country thinks he is good enough to be a Hoya. That is all that matters.

      To say he isn’t loyal to SI or his teammates because he is leaving is a ludicrous statement. He’s leaving for what he and his family believe is for his betterment. Taylor Johns and Tino Miles left their respective schools for the greener pastures of SHC and all you folks who are criticizing SD31 have nothing but praise for the former. Let kids live their lives and unless you are in his shoes, which nobody on this board is, don’t speculate why they did what they did. Bottom line, this is a great opportunity for him and he is simply taking advantage of it. The kid is going to COLLEGE a year early! That makes him a prodigy!

      Again, it sure pays off to be a Wildcat! Congratulations Stephen, best of luck!

      • David Silver sped up his education at West Beverly High just so he can graduate with his sweetheart Donna Martin. How did that work out? Oh yah, it was a happy ending.

      • Point of Parliamentary Procedure | July 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM |

        You hit on a key point – NCAA clearance.

        First, kudos to jbalan for his reporting. I saw the Chron article, but came here for more information (and got it) because this is so strange. Not that he is leaving SI early (I expected that); but that Georgetown would take him (athletically and academically) with only three years of high school.

        I (like my hero Otter) will be brief:

        1. It is a free country. JT3 is free to spend a scholarship on someone who has apparently lit up AAU, but whose high school career made me (at least) go “huh?” Domingo is free to assess the risk and reward of playing Big East ball against grown men with his skill set developed to the point it has developed, and act accordingly. The same applies to surviving Georgetown academically. A lot of seniors take AP classes (and I don’t know if he would or wouldn’t next year), but that isn’t the same as being in an actual university setting.

        2. He’s going to Georgetown; not joining a circus. I’m not that worried about his future. (Not that there is anything wrong with the circus.)

        3. Jbalan won’t get a response from Georgetown IMO. “We don’t divulge our admissions practices” or words to that affect. I was pleasantly surprised by SI’s candor. ‘OK sure we wish him luck, but he didn’t graduate here, they never asked us about this, we don’t know how he’s doing this, and (between the lines) nobody else better think you can just bail out of here after 2 or 3 years and get into college.’ I took a quick look at Georgetown’s admissions requirements. They of course recommend things like a full (4 year) sequence of English, but it doesn’t appear that graduating from high school is specific requirement. Hey, maybe Stephen is the next Doogie Howser? (But it won’t be in engineering – Georgetown doesn’t have an engineering school.)

        4. The NCAA Clearinghouse is a key piece of missing information here. Unless Georgetown plans to drop to DII next year, irrespective of GPA and test scores, you have to have 16 core high school courses to be eligible as a freshman, including 4 years of English. No way no how he did that at SI, so unless he managed to get enough qualifying on-line courses or community college courses or whatever in between going to school and playing ball, I don’t see how he would be eligible as a freshman. And you can bet that if jbalan doesn’t ask, Boeheim and Calhoun will.

        5. Domingo appears to have earned everything he went to SI for – a scholarship at a fantastic school and traditional hoop power. Good on him. In retrospect it is just too bad SI couldn’t parlay a talent good enough to enroll early at freaking Georgetown into better basketball. Don’t be surprised if they (SI) is better than you think next year.

        6. It will be kind of cool to have Mike Patrick or Brad Nessler call out ‘Stephen Domingo, who hails from the City by the Bay’ a few times a year.

    • Just some facts | July 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM |

      Any bets on how many years he spends at Georgetown? – or will he leave there without a diploma too – and go to the NBA?

      I think that the stories about Jeremy Lin really are what pushed him into this plan. I do understand he is a good student. Best of luck to him and to his parents who must have approved this plan for whatever reasons they have or whatever advice they got.

      • Stephen has to be 19 or will be 19 in that calendar year to enter the NBA draft. Is he 16 or 17? In any case, his ultimate goal is the NBA so the first chance he gets, he’ll throw his hat in the ring. I will guess 2 years at Georgetown and he’s gone on the basis that he left SI the way he did, so he didnt put that much stock in a high school diploma. What makes you think he puts that much stock in a college degree when all he wants to do is shoot 3 pointers for a living. Notice I didnt say play basketball, I said shoot 3 pointers because THATS ALL HE DID, not play the other aspects of the game such as passing, defense, and rebounding.

  2. Good luck at G’Town, but apparently he’s filling the shoes of Hollis Thompson who made his name available for the NBA Draft as a junior, but didn’t even get selected. We will see if this was the right decision or not in a couple years. Instead of playing against 16 and 17 year olds, he will now face against grown men in one of the toughest conferences in America.

  3. This is simply a slap in the face of the SI community and the downward slide of high school allegiances and wanting everything now generation of kids and parents. Burned once (Whitehead), shame on you; burned twice (Domingo) shame on SI.

    This reminds me of a story of a true high school student/athlete. The father of the current SI Admissions Director has the dilemma (sp) of choosing one sport over an other (track v. baseball) on a particular afternoon. He could have easily foresaken one event over the other in his self-interest, but no, he runs the track meet and then proceeds to play for his schools baseball team in a crucial game later that day. A true high school student/ athelet with an insurmontiable dedication to the SI community.

    And you wonder why some are thought of as true sons and duaghter of SI community and others referred to as cherries. Dont trip on your stem out the door.

    • I agree, SI or any schoo SD31 would have went to helped him get to where he is..At the very least, Give it your all to your school, you owe SI another attempt at a winning record since you didn’t have one while you were at SI. It just shows he didn’t like or care about SI.

    • If SI continues to only hire their own graduates to coach and run their athletic department, this will continue to happen. One Jesuit motto is “life long learners”, yet they don’t seem to have any interest in progressing / participating in clinics, attending seminars and following their players as they thrive in the summer AAU circuit? These student / athletes deserve the best coaching. Look to lacrosse and crew as your model programs.

  4. Too bad, but not surprised he’s leaving considering he wasn’t improving in the current SI system, but thriving away from SI.

  5. Oswald Jefferson | July 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM |

    He finished his credits and wants to enroll at Georgetown. What is the problem? I can see why the SI faithful will be upset, but to be mad at SD and his family for making a smart decision is selfish. Good luck to him.

    • At least it’s Trevor Dunbar’s team now (#shifteam). Who knows, but 5 years from now SD31 could be playing ball in Istanbul, or playing for the Warriors filling the shoes of Klay Thompson, just like he filled the shoes for Hollis Thompson, or producing rap music like Luke Whitehead. When we see Georgetown games on ESPN, do u think he will be sitting on the bench or playing?

    • City Lights | July 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM |

      Finished his credits?! How do you “finish your credits” without finishing your senior year?!

      @”Oswald” – “to be mad at SD and his family for making a smart decision is selfish”

      This might be the most ironic post in the history of Every single decision, shot taken, and attitude taken by the Domingo family has made reeked of selfishness. They couldn’t care less about SI. It’s all about Steven and never about the team.

      I’ve often agreed with some of the “why are they so ‘good ol boy’ about their hiring” that @SA (broken record) and HS have posted, but this is the biggest diss of teammates I can think of in recent Bay Area history. Good luck to Steven even though his teammates are left in the wind.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if this makes SI better. Dunbar is a far more complete player and the team is his to lead now. I would be fired up and pissed off if I was an SI player. This might just be the spark they needed to return to relevance in WCAL play

      • I can see where you might think that but I think they’ll just fall flat and be lucky to finish 5th regardless. TD can’t carry the whole team by himself.

      • Oswald Jefferson | July 11, 2012 at 4:55 PM |

        City lights

        Why wouldn’t a parent who feels their kid is mature enough want them to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll early at one of the top universities in the country.

        It is sad that the SI fans are not proud of this kid and the opportunity that has been presented in front of him. Why not cheer him on and hope that he represents the best of SI. I could see if he was leaving to play pro oversees or something.

        • City Lights | July 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM |

          @Oswald (Domingo) Jefferson: Probably because a parent’s judgement is clouded by how much they love their “baby” and there is no way Steven is mature enough yet. Whatever though. Peace out Steve. Have fun in D.C. Good luck. “All eyez on me.” “Don’t listen to the haters” “blah blah blah” lol

          @IC Stars: You are a huge SHC fan. I would expect you to feel that way, but SI is deep and talented. They’re much more of a “no-name” squad beyond Dunbar but their senior and junior classes have both played very well in league against their peers and won a lot of games. They will be better this year. Remember I said it here first. ;)

        • WCAL Alum | July 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM |

          If he is good enough, he could maintain his verbal, finished high school with his class and wait another year. If that offer falls through, others would become available. Representing the best of SI?? Really, its makes SI look worst as he (or his parents) didnt think or respect the school, athletic program and environment and experience of obtaining an SI diploma. He used SI (instead of benefitting from it).

  6. Nicholas S | July 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM |

    Good for Mr. Domingo. I bet in 2 or 3 years on NBA draft day we will hear that he graduated from Georgetown early with an advanced degree in Medicine or Engineering. I am just as impressed with his grades at SI as his basketball skills.

    • I don’t think anyone can get an advaned degree in medicine in 2 or 3 years, FYI

    • WCAL Alum | July 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM |

      Not so sure I am going to want to have a doctor or engineer working on a job that first priority isnt his patient or client. Character counts.

  7. So GT accepts GED? hahahaha – not a hater – just a funny comment my SI Junior just made – good luck kid – make sure education is your strongest goal.

  8. Based on Reardon’s comments, SI will run more this year. Exciting brand of basketball, although somewhat sad that Domingo isn’t returning for his senior year. As the 3 WCAL basketball coaches stated, this decision is bad for San Francisco basketball and bad for high school basketball.

  9. Rocket Richard | July 11, 2012 at 1:44 PM |

    This is great up to the minute reporting, Mr.Balan. Keep it up. A very interesting story on the state of high school basketball and the pull of the NCAA and NBA towards high school players.

  10. WCAL Observer | July 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM |

    I have seen Stephen play several times. I have also read virtually all ofbthe online descriptions of his skills and abilities. To me, it just does’t add up. I mean making the USA U17 team and thinking back to some of the games I saw this past season and it seem lime two different players.

    There were nights when SD would shoot between 35-35%. there were even nights when he was 0-for- 3-point range. I know most people may not see this statistically, as SI does not post on MaxPreps. But I know, I kept score when there.

    My concern is how SD will handle adversity and down times. At such a young she in a pressure environment (and away from home), what happens during a possiblyhorrible stretch when his shot is not falling and it’s 20 degrees and snow on the ground. Going back to an empty dorm room alone with your thoughts will be tough.

    Unless he can get a much more consistent shot and not worry about contact, I do not see the NBA. He needs to be much more physical in attitude and stature.

    • According to his U17 USA basketball coach Don Showalter, Domingo can make the NBA “with several years of college”. I honestly think he left because he didn’t want to guard Aaron Gordon in the post. I hope he doesn’t turn out as another Luke Whitehead, though.

      • what are you talking about JJ? he NEVER guarded Gordon. Aguilar did. He was NEVER passionate about defense either. Kid’s with his height love to do that LeBron James block from out of nowhere maneuver on smaller guards that beat their initial man and go for a layup.

        Stephen’s 3 point “skill” is a commodity in the NBA. Look at NBA rosters that have that one guy that plays 12-15 minutes a game and all that guy does is shoot 3’s coming from a guy who draws a double team. See Steve Novak, Mike Miller, Matt Bonner, DeQuan Cook just to name a few.

  11. I really dont know what to do with myself right now! Seth Macfarlane had a spoof of Wile E Coyote finally killing the Road Runner and afterwards Wile E was lost, no purpose, ended up going crazy. Jokingly, this is what it feels like right now.

    I’ll just say as many others have said about kids like Stephen. If a kid can join the PGA / LPGA or the Pro Tennis tour at 14, no one says a thing. Thats their right. Thats their life. If a kid gets drafted out of high school for baseball, he can forgo college and just go straight to the minors or even the big leagues. NFL and NBA are the only ones that have age provisions which pretty much is unconstitutional. If a kid can vote or join the military, that kid should be able to do whatever he/she pleases as far as seeking a professional sports career.

    Having said that let the Domingo’s do what they want. They make their own beds and they lie in it the way they want. Stephen in my opinion is a terrible basketball player and a terrible teammate. Has there ever been a guy ranked as high nationally who cant even lead their team to a .500 record? He wasnt even the best player on his own team.

    I will bet anything that Reardon is jumping for joy right now. Yes! Now I dont have to run that ridiculous offense that resulted in a 27 ft fadeaway 3. SI’s bread and butter has always been getting up and down the court and playing tough 2-3 zone defense. They can finally get back to doing that this coming season. Look for Dunbar to be 1st team WCAL. Sorry, in any other 4 year period where theres no Aaron Gordon, Dunbar would be a strong candidate to be POY.

    • City Lights | July 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM |

      It is weird to agree with you Ari. lol The only part your definitely wrong about is that Steven is NOT a terrible player. He is a great shooter. That’s it. The terrible teammate part though I cannot debate.

  12. Kezar for Keeps | July 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM |

    Jbalan, why are you suddenly letting everyone sling mud at this kid? I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it, but usually don’t you try to discourage that?

    • We do generally discourage that type of discourse when dealing with high school athletes, but have allowed more critical comments when dealing with coaches, administrators, etc.

      What changed for this article, and you may agree or disagree, is that he is essentially no longer a “high school” athlete anymore. He’s a college athlete now, and frankly has opened himself up to a lot of criticism, whether you feel it is justified or not.

      I’m not saying I’m entirely comfortable with it, but that is the reason for my decision to let in some comments that may not have made it through in the past.

  13. WCAL Observer | July 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM |

    I wish to add one other comment.

    This seems simply like a case of “You the Man…” So often, athletes and their families get bad advice or surround themselves with the wrong people. This continues into their professional sports life, if they make it that far.

    I do not know anything about the Domingo’s personal situation, just what I see from the outside. However, how can you not let your kid be a kid? I know, they have the right to go professioanl in other sports, but that is not the issue here. The question is SD ready for NCAA Division I basketball at this point? I say no.

    Also, the “kids” who chose to turn professional in golf or tennis or any other sport have the heart and desire. They are dedicated workout beasts. They play, train and do it all agian twice or three times a day for hours. They are coachable and look to get better with every little advantage they can. The players who stand out make the players around them better. Winford Boynes (USF) and Chris Mullin (Warriros) used to have keys to their respective gyms. That’s heart and desire. If SD is this kind of player, more power to him.

    Remember there is a big difference between a “pro” and a “professional.”

    • There is a “I” in domIngo.

    • Just some facts | July 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM |

      Golf and tennis are not TEAM sports.

    • Johnny Drama | July 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM |

      I don’t understand how going to G’town is a bad decision? You say he surrounds himself with people who gave him bad advice? He is going to one of the best Jesuit unioversities in the nation….HOW IS THIS BAD?

      People question his maturity while taking jabs at the kid ( real mature on your part). He has a redshirt year he may utilize but either way, this is not a bad decision. I enrolled at Columbia after I graduated from SI. You better believe that if they granted me admission as a junior, I would have left in a heartbeat.

      • How about finishing what you started? What about your friends? What about the prom Drama? How about your high school sweetheart? Youre going to break her heart. I thought we were special. You said we would last ….. =****(

        • Johnny Drama | July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM |

          Ari, he got into a fine university so as far as I’m concerned, he finished. He was the BMOC for his time on campus, so I would say he experienced as much in HS as most. There are more women at G’Town than at SI……god bless him!

  14. JB, today I think thousands of high school players, coaches, and parents harmoniously said “Wow, you can do that? Hmmmmm????”

  15. When Matt Barkley was a senior at Mater Dei, he enrolled at USC in time for Spring practice. He basically skipped his graduation but I believe he had all the credits he needed to graduate of out high school. Ive seen THAT but not skipping you’re whole senior year. This is perplexing unless he got home schooled on the side by an accredited institution.

  16. The kid has obviously received an offer from GTown to enroll early. What would you all have him do, turn it down? I can just see JT3 saying “Stephen we think that you can come right now and play for us and get better just like you have with the 17U team.” Is he supposed to say no I need to go to high school and I’ll come the season after that. C’mon, it is a no brainer that he will get better at GTown. School pride and all that is great but none of those people are going to pay for his education and the alums at SI aren’t going to support his family when he is older. If anyone should have a problem it should be with GTown, that did the same thing with Holis Thompson, for pushing this on kids. In Thompson’s case I believe he had enough credits to graduate and this case seems a little different. Strange that he would be eligible to make the clearing house without a full year but if he is eligible then he is eligible for 2012-2013.

    • Its Stephen’s dream to be in the NBA. If he reaches that goal, then good for him. Its just surprising because I can see kids that come from low social-economic backgrounds/areas making this jump. Stephen I believe comes from a well-off, stable family (mother and father still together). Kids that come from this upbringing are usually in no rush, enjoying all their youth experiences, teenage experiences, etc. Good for the Domingo parents for being supportive of their son’s decision. Thats all you can ask for from them.

      College coaches are two-faced anyways. A lot of them will tell you anything you want to hear and spit all these morals, honesty, family, etc… the second they get a better offer, they’ll leave. Unless Thompson III seriously thinks Stephen is Allen Iverson, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning all wrapped up into one right now, I don’t think he told Stephen to skip senior year in high school and come play for him right now.

      • Then who told him? His original scholarship was offered by JT3 for 2013-2014. Do you think he is enrolling and paying until the scholarship kicks in the following year? As a player or commit you don’t get to decide this on your own.

        Now if in fact this turns out to be bogus and he enrolls at a Findlay or Oakhill that would make some sense. He is certainly not going to be at SI in either case.

  17. I probably should have said this earlier, but in the interest of full disclosure I want to make it clear that I got a tip from an anonymous source in early April that Domingo would do this.

    To be entirely honest, I thought it wasn’t true, but the information proved to be accurate. I went directly to the SI athletic department and asked if it was possible and they said it wasn’t, because he didn’t have enough high school credits to graduate. I left it at that, because I thought that was a satisfactory response.

    It’s certainly not the worst thing in the world, but I apologize for not doing my due diligence on this story when I first heard of it. In retrospect, I should have pressed the issue harder and followed up on it in depth.

    • merkinworld | July 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM |

      I want my money back. Just kidding. My sources had him going, and then they had him staying.
      Keep up the good work. :)

    • No need to apologize (but it is accepted) because I think most of us would agree that we believed that what he did was impossible. I wonder what the NCAA rulebook says about this. There’s probably a loop hole somewhere and Georgetown found it.

      I don’t know SD personally, but have read the comments about his “selfishness.” On one end, you have to do what’s best for you, on the other end, it doesn’t look to good skipping your last year of high school and leaving your teammates to “fend for themselves.” It kind of resembles what happend at Wash when their football coach left without saying anything. However, his decision to leave was justified, while, in my opinion, SD’s was not.

  18. rickjames | July 11, 2012 at 4:44 PM |

    (This comment has been edited by the moderator)

    As for Domingo i think he will not forgo his senior year, but will probably enroll in a nationally recognized High School like Findlay or even Bishop Gorman. It is only mid July school year usually starts mid August he still has a month to change his mind.

  19. WCAL Grad | July 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM |

    I have played against Domingo and I do not believe he is that talented of a basketball player. There are much better players in the WCAL. He lacks the drive and motivation that all great players have, as well as mental and physical toughness. He wasn’t even the best player on his team last year, and is the farthest thing from a team player.

    If he wants to have any sort of success at the next level, he needs to become much stronger and tougher (both physically and mentally), and he needs to develop a sense of the meaning of the word “team”

    • Wildcats forever | July 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM |

      You are exactly right. I watched Stephen play all this year and last year and he was the worst team player to ever walk through si. He did not care about anyone but himself. Walking through the halls he thought he was the biggest baddest kid around. And you were right when you said he wasn’t the best. Trevor Dunbar is a much better play and cares about the game and his teammates. I hope he does better than Domingo because he has the heart and passion of a real true basketball player.

      • Johnny Drama | July 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM |

        Let’s see if you still believe this when Dunbar leaves as well.

        • Where’s he going Drama? His game reminds me of Damon Stoudamire. Short quick lefty that can beat you off the dribble or from the outside.

  20. Jon BAker | July 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM |

    Sounds like a big decision for the Domingo family but it is just that…their decision. FRom the article SI doesn’t look too great in this either. The kid was a 6 ‘7 nationally ranked guard who just tore it up for the National Team but his HS coach refused to play him on the perimeter where he is best. Coach is quoted as saying “. It would have been fun to see if he developed into the kinda player everybody thought he was going to be” Sounds like he developed pretty well, just not what his HS coach wanted and that was to pigeon hole the kid into play inside even though at 6’7 there would be no way he could play on the national level as a big. If I had a 6’7 nationally ranked perimeter player for a son, I now know where I wouldn’t send him. Coach can’t be too hurt as coach said ” We’ll be smaller now, not that Stephen was a big force as a rebounder, but he was a 6-7 guy in the middle. We can be a guard-centered team now. [Albert] Waters is back and Trevor is back.” If you knew he couldnt rebound and wanted to go to a guard oriented attack why not play him on the perimeter..doesnt take a genius to figure that out.

    • I’m not sure you watched him play. He played inside on defense, but played almost entirely on the perimeter on offense. Reardon in no way forced him to play inside or “refused” to play him on the perimeter. The opposite would be closer to the truth.

      • Jon BAker | July 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM |

        jbalan…I have to admit I did not see him play at SI, I saw him play on AAU circuit…so your counter argument is valid…but obviously seems some conflict here.. and in my opinion: I bet this was bit of an issue

    • He was also hurt and ill for much of the season I believe which didn’t help his numbers. Rankings are a funny thing but when you are 6’7″ and have stroke, and the kid can shoot standstill when open, kind of sounds like a typical AAU game doesn’t it? That is where the rankings come from.

      The end of the day you are right it was their decision and it was also his opportunity so I think he has to pursue it. Everyone knows he can’t guard in the WCAL you think he can guard in the Big East? But he has to go where he thinks will get him to that level, only time will tell the result.

      • Jon BAker | July 11, 2012 at 6:29 PM |

        I understand both. I am just saying him play exclusively on the wing at AAU and I know he did on the national team. I understand now he played down low on defense at SI.

    • WCAL Grad | July 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM |

      All Domingo did was play on the outside. He was too afraid to go in the middle on offense. He was put in the middle on defense, but that was just because of his size at the high school level.

      With a good defender on him, he struggled severely from the outside, which is probably why his coach tried to encourage him to move his game toward the basket. But that being said, because Domingo was a “big name,” he able able to do virtually whatever he wanted, and take whatever shots he wanted.

      • Johnny Drama | July 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM |

        The SFP player of the year averaged 14 PPG as did his teammate. SD31 averaged 13 PPG yet he is no good. Again, this is why none of you are coaching at the collegiate level. Jealousy is an ugly quality.

        • Jon BAker | July 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM |

          I have to agree with Johnny Drama some…A kid with good enough grades to gradfuate early and get accepted to play at Georgetown and the USA NAtional team and be one of their leading scorers, but hes not that good?? YA the NAtional coaches and Georgetown coaches are wrong and all of us on our computers are right?! lol…it does smell of a little jealousy or bitter hes leaving. Dont get me worng he may have some flaws but I am sure they are predicting him to develop. I heard he wasnt doing too bad in international play…

    • ARHS Stats | July 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM |

      Those other player’s on the USA U17 team had more talent than all of the St. Ignatius player’s.

      The USA U17 had other players who could play inside the key on offense, so they did not need Domingo to play inside.

      Saint Ignatius did not have the other players who could play inside the key on offense.

      And Domingo refused most games to take shots in the key most of the times SI was forced to run an offensive set play.

      Domingo was 6’7″ three point shooter against most teams, which made him a 6’0″ player on offense against most teams.

      Domingo actually played much of the second half of the first Riordan vs. SI game taking shots in the key, which gave SI the win.

      Riordan had only one player over 6’2″ on the roster, but they were used to playing bigger players.

      Domingo is very talented basketball player, but I never did want to see him transfer to Riordan.
      Since Riordan needs one or two players who are tall who can play in the key and play defense and rebound. And Domingo seems not to want to do this, at least in my opinion. He will rebound, but not like the SHC players Johns and Fox.

      As an opposing College Coach, I could guard Domingo with 6’3 player, who would be told to not let him shoot the three point shot, and that he would get help with any drive by Domingo. If Domingo gets a hot shooting the basketball, I would then put a taller player on him.

  21. I believe there are many prestigious universities that have and continue to offer early admissions to prodigy’s, brainiac’s, and overachiever’s in the scholastic arena. Who is to say,they can not offer an early admission to someone they feel is a prodigy in athletics?
    Even though, in my opinion, he lacks most attributes I have seen in D1 players’.
    I think this could set a negative precedent in high school basketball, but nothing is going to ruin high school basketball like the new 30 day transfer rule.
    Kids are going to be transferring all the time. Hopefully, Dunbar doesn’t decide to transfer.

  22. Old School | July 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM |

    Who on this comment thread would not jump at the opportunity??? Someone commented earlier about the family being very stable and educated. This is true, and knowing their family, this decision was made with the best intentions to provide for Domingo in the future, all the opportunities he can achieve for himself on and off the court! This decision must have been difficult but I know it was thought out very carefully and all the pros and cons were dissected to the fullest. Best of luck to a young man who works hard and luckily, does not live his life based on what others think or say. I hope as a parent, that I can support my kids in the future and provide them the opportunity to chase their dreams! Isn’t that what it’s all about!

  23. John Daniels | July 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM |

    The principle of SI, Mr. Ruff, is a GTOWN Hoya Alumni!!!!

    I don’t think he is too angry tbh haha………………….

  24. The #1 ranked player in the Class of 2013, Jabari Parker of Chicago, just listed Georgetown as the one of the “finalists” for his services, as well as BYU, Stanford, DePaul and the basketball powerhouses such as UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, etc. If Jabari Parker goes to G’Town, a ton of NBA scouts will be at G’Town games, which will enable Domingo to garner alot of exposure.

    • Hoya Alum '09 | July 12, 2012 at 5:14 AM |

      Georgetown’s Otto Porter, a rising sophomore forward, quickly became a favorite of NBA scouts during his freshman campaign. Now, after blowing up at Kevin Durant and Lebron James camps, he has the scouts salivating. Stephen Domingo does not need Jabari Parker on the squad for scouts to take notice of the Hoyas.

      More generally, some of these posts make it sound like Domingo is off to some Siberian B-League team, where he’ll play 10-15 lackluster minutes a game and waste away his life. Dude is going to Georgetown, a fantastic school. Does anyone turn their nose up at the other SI graduates who choose to go to school on the Hilltop?

      Finally, as for the SI officials talking about the broader implications of this decision, how about the broader implications of publicly commenting on the academic standing of one of your students? Or, now that he is gone, about the academic standing of a 17-year-old kid? Colleges cannot do so — seems a little unfair for the SI folks to air that sort of information publicly. If I were a student at the school, I’d hope that sort of stuff stays private. Have some class.

      • I don’t really understand the Georgetown and USF comparison. It seems like something Mitt Romney would say.

  25. The kicker is San Fran Preps just posted two articles about Shannon Rowbury (SHCP) graduating from Duke and competing in her 2nd Olympics and Maria Kemiji MacDonald (SI) accepting an athletic scholarship to Michigan. Both had wonderful experiencing representing their respective high school, accepted scholarship to protegious(sp) universities and for all intensive purposes enjoyed their high school years.

    Twenty/thirty/forty years from now, both will proudly be able to attend their respective high school reunions and reminisce (sp) about one of the happiest/awkward times in their lives. Will SD be afforded the same opportunity?

    He that can have patience can have what he will. – Ben Franklin

    • Well stated Alum

      • Prep Sports Observer | July 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM |

        Maria Kemiji-McDonald does not have a scholarship to Michigan. She will be playing lacrosse, but will also be paying the full out-of-state tuition. It’s hard to believe given that she is such a gifted three sport athlete who graduated from high school with high honors. Go figure…

  26. A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 12, 2012 at 2:23 AM |

    Not to be disrespectful of many posters who have spoke here about how great HIGH SCHOOL is, to me that is peaking at a very young age and have a tendacy to revise what the high school experience is or what it truly should be at the end of the day. Now if some people peaked then and still want to live in HS glory days…WOW, may I say get a life or join a Self-Enhancement program.

    I just would have liked to see our “fair headed” Prep HS in the city take a more positive approach to the Domingo decision. I love how the first comments have stated doubt of possibility and how they were not told. But end the the statements with “we wish him luck”….no you don’t because you wouldn’t be placing calls to find out how it is possible, otherwise you would send transcripts and place on alumni list with a quickness.

    I would like to compliament SHC and Riordan Varsity Basketball coaches for staying focused on what is good for about this situation. I parphrase, “but point point out what is great about the Domingo family making a family decision. …”The Decision 2012″ is what is best for Stephen”.

    • Josh Weinsten | July 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM |

      I believe SI is taking the high road by wishing Stephen Domingo luck in his next endeavors. But also SI has to protect its academic reputation as well. No one can graduate from SI and be called an alumnus or receive a diploma after only three years of school. His credits are incomplete no matter how high his GPA was. SI, like all other high schools, is a four year school. The curriculum is for four years in order to be eligible to receive a diploma and graduate. His high school academic record is incomplete and Georgetown is letting a student into their freshmen class who is not officially a high school graduate. Are there any NCAA rules that say a student must have graduated from high school in order to be eligible to play for a NCAA team? I know they must hit a combination of a SAT or ACT score and a certain GPA to qualify for a scholarship or elgibility (sic) for the NCAA. Do they not need a high school diploma or the very least a GED? If so, it Georgetown academic standards so low for basketball players, they let in students with GEDs?

      • “I believe SI is taking the high road by wishing Stephen Domingo luck in his next endeavors. ”

        That’s sort of the opposite of what the Coach and the Vice Principal are doing. The Coach has called into question his eligibility, basically said he thought he was good for HS basketball, and basically said the team is better without him, and the Vice Principal is going public with academic status that probably should be private. They are throwing him under the bus and acting completely classless. Not sure where the Ignatian ideals are at SI, but they aren’t in evidence here whatsoever.

        I think it’s hilarious that SI graduates are bashing on Georgetown standards, complaining they are low because they are taking someone who is reportedly a good SI student. I get that he doesn’t have the piece of paper, but you’re essentially attacking your own education.

      • Fear not Josh. Stephen is going to a school whose most famous players are best known for these quotes/actions:

        1) Allen Iverson with $154 million in career earnings. All gone and just doesnt care for practice.
        2) Patrick Ewing a 7ft center who cant even dunk the ball and instead goes for 2 ft finger roll layup in the playoffs and misses that and apparently his answer to his spending habits is “We make a lot of money, so we spend a lot of money”.
        3) Dikembe Mutumbo, a very fine gentleman and philanthropist, gets caught in $4 million Congo gold scandal.
        4) Alonso Mourning, a courageous kidney transplant survivor best know for having an opposing NBA coach hanging onto his leg like a koala bear during a on-court brawl.
        5) Jeff Green, 2007 Big East Player of the Year, musters a 4/5, 9 point performance in the Final Four loss vs Ohio State in 2007. I dont know about you, but a POY that only shot FIVE times in a Final Four game, seems awfully fishy.

        Yup, Stephen is going to a really good college. In 2011, Georgetown basketball graduation rate was 60%*. Really? Only 60%? Granted the national D1 average is a whooping 48% in 2011, but 60% for a private Jesuit school? Kinda low dont you think? (*

        • So Georgetown is a bad school, just like Penn State?

          • Thats another discussion JJ. I’ll just stick to this topic.

            @BigMikeDC, you cant be serious… Larry Joe Bird??? He was a complete basketball player. Being a great shooter was just one of his many tools.

          • Good work, Ari, great stats and facts and telling it like it is!!!

        • Johnny Drama | July 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM |

          No top basketball school graduates 100% of their players because they all go to the NBA. Kentucky and Carolina graduate maybe 30% of their kids because they all go pro. Some of the players that did not graduate, like Monroe are in the league getting paid. All those players you mentioned made millions and all of them (with the exception of AI) still are millionaires. Georgetown is a great school, look at the national rankings. It’s definitely ranked higher than UC Riverside and Fresno State. You want to talk about over-rated…look at the UC Riverside roster! if those players were as good as certain commenters believe they are, the surely wouldn’t be in Riverside CA, the armpit of the state.

          • Interesting Drama. Of course youre referring to Brown, Fox, and Johns, but what about SI’s best basketball player in the last 10 years Johnny Mrlik? Sure he’s the leading scorer and best player on Vassar College in New York but couldnt that player at least make a D1 team? Or is his talent level only good enough for D2 or whatever level Vassar is at? Vassar must be the armpit of New York State.

            • Johnny Drama | July 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM |

              Ari, Compare the alumni list of all 3 schools and see where you would want your kid (my nephew) to go!

              My point to all the Domingo bashers, the majority of which are SHC folks, is that you all look a bit foolish bashing a kid going to Georgetown when your all world players end up at UCR and FSU.

              • There you go again, Drama, Thinking SI is all that…Its a good school, but the best school in the SF or California? I don’t think so. Thank God Domingo didn’t go to SHC…you would be filling in Ari Gold’s role for this article. Thank God he didn’t go to Riordan either. Nope, its a black eye for SI Basketball, they certainly can’t even claim he was a winner while present.

              • I love this! Only you can bring the best out of me Drama.

                Tiger Woods. Alumni of Stanford or just a guy who went to Stanford and dropped out to pursue his dream of being a pro golfer? Stanford wouldn’t dare not associate itself with Woods. Of course you say Tiger is a Stanford product. That makes other golfers want to go play at Stanford.

                Stephen Domingo. Alumni of SI or just a guy who went there and withdrew to pursue his dream of being an NBA player? SI wont go to the lengths of convincing him to stay. Why should they? Its his choice to leave. So he leaves like any other student that gets expelled, drops out, or transfers. Hes not SI. Neither was Whitehead who left after his junior year.

                You want to know SI? Try Igor Olshansky!!! SI GRAD, Oregon Duck, and made millions in the NFL. He’s living the life Domingo and Whitehead could only dream of and will still dream of.

              • Johnny Drama | July 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM |

                Chris…stay out of grown folks business…..leave the debating to the adults!

              • High Pockets | July 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM |

                The majority of bashers are not SHC folks. In fact, the SI contingency might be a bit more upset. Just because a few people get on this board to share their thoughts you shouldn’t drag the school community into it or suggest that’s the prevailing opinion. Most people are likely ambivalent at best. We all have our own lives to worry about. I think most people understand he is a young man, times have changed, and things will work out one way or another in good time.

              • High Pockets, you’re spot on. The SI contingency are the ones making the noise. It makes them look bad because their dictatorship is crumbling. They forced SD to play for two coaches, one who never played high school basketball and the other never played at the varsity level. SI had two opportunities to hire better coaches, but they never bothered to interview an outsider. The results are that you have a team who’s finished in 6th place the last three years and with Stephen and others gone, it looks like a repeat of the last several years. Let’s hope they can figure it out soon.

              • I believe SI finished tied for 3rd 2 years ago, so finishing in 6th place the past 3 years is false.

  27. BigMikeDC | July 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM |

    I think we are all done beating this dead horse. I hope he gets good advice and completes his college education. We all know it only takes one injury or some bad luck, and it’s over. There are great shooters;  Larry Bird, that made it.  There are other great shooters like Adam Morrison, who didn’t make it!  wish him well and hope for the best.

    What we would like to know is how is this done I think this is where the story is a bit incomplete.

  28. McFadden60 | July 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM |

    I question if anyone knows please. Has anyone from Georgetown spoken on this? Not graduating from high school and going to a school like that sound extremely unlikely. And the Thompsons have a reputation for their players achieving at academics. Thsi sounds a little fishy. Anyone?

  29. BigMikeDC | July 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM |

    Ari – glad you caught that in my comment. You are right, for shooters to really make it, they need to be complete players.

  30. A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM |

    A young man from San Francisco is able to have the opportunity to go to Georgetown and possibly play basketball with a program that is historic and successful at a very competitive level (CCS vs. Big East Championship????… “C’Mon Reardon”, can you really compare? ) interact with people and professors that design our free market, IMPRESSIVE, HUMBILING and COURAGOUS that one of our own SF City Players is facing this challenge. This truly exceeds the norm and should be applauded!!!!
    But what I see here is many posters that want to comment on what a loss it is to not to come back to a HS Reunion (seriously??), how a two foot player is better (being closer to the rim helps..sorry!!) or even post that he had too much SWAG (to be the best isn’t that a requirement)
    This is a DEAD ISSUE, but it shows me that “The Decision 2012” is the right one with this type of attitude around the block at 37th Ave.

  31. City Lights | July 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM |

    The young man can have the same exact opportunities when he finishes high school. Funny you haven’t commented on Domingo’s teammates. They don’t matter do they?

    You see no problem whatsoever with setting this precedent? As long as ya boy gets his nothing and no one else matters right? Everyone in the city should be happy and applaud Domingo for not finishing high school? What a joke. Sounds like something a family member, agent, or AAU “hanger-on” would say.

    “This type of attitude?!” You mean an attitude where people like to see kids graduate and finish a commitment?

    • A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM |

      Did you really just say, “a young man can have the same opportunities when he finishes HS”? Of course he can(let’s discuss intelligent questions), but isn’t that the real story? It truly sounds like this young man doesn’t feel like the HS experience is what he looking for and isn’t the goal to go to college…what ever level he may attend? So he goes earlier, kind of missing the issue.
      What precident? Not every young man can do this, so again…”Caller what is your point”?
      Sorry if you feel that Domingo’s teammates should be considered, actually doesn’t it give them more opportunity to actually play. From the assessment you place on it, he was the team and the other players were hanging on his shorts. It truly sounds like you dismiss them so quickly as having no skills, talent or potential coaching.
      No I am not family, AAU associate or have an actual dog in this fight, but just honest and real…seems like there should be more posters with that approach. Come join me…

      • City Lights | July 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM |

        Your tone is so cynical and lofty. You seem like one of those people who think they are always right and just pretend to listen to what others have to say. I’m assuming from your horrible grammar that you are a child so I will refrain from being too harsh with your narrow minded views on this topic.

        The “caller’s point” is that there are PLENTY of student-athletes that can now “do this.” This is a dangerous precedent in that students who are good enough can just skip their diploma and go to college without finishing high school.

        So you feel it’s OK anytime a “young man doesn’t feel like the HS experience is what he looking for” that it is then OK, assuming they are great at sports, to skip out on their commitment to their community and team and bail on high school?

        “From the assessment you place on it, he was the team and the other players were hanging on his shorts. It truly sounds like you dismiss them so quickly as having no skills, talent or potential coaching.”
        –>WRONG The other SI players have plenty of skills, talent, and potential and if you read the above comment I said they will be better without Domingo’s “me first” attitude and his horrible WCAL shooting percentage.

        The only thing “honest and real” about your comments are your complete disregard for academics, commitment, team, and bay area prep sports.

        All that being said, I hope Domingo succeeds. I always want our STUDENT-athletes to find success. I just don’t want to see academics fall even farther by the wayside in the process.

    • “The young man can have the same exact opportunities when he finishes high school. Funny you haven’t commented on Domingo’s teammates. They don’t matter do they?”

      They do not. SD is on multiple teams – AAU, Olympic, HS, now Georgetown – I’m not sure in what universe you are living that he owes a year of his life just so that his HS teammates can play with a superior player who can go to college right away. Coach Reardon, in his immature badmouthing of SD even pretty much said they’d be better off without him, so I’m not sure why you thinks he owes a bunch of kids he goes to the same high school with an oath of fealty or year of indentured servitude.

      • I don’t really see where Coach Reardon bad-mouthed SD. All he basically said was that he wished him luck, and that Domingo could’ve done alot of great things in his senior year if he stayed. He even praised SD saying that if anyone can do it, SD is the person who could. If anything, SD was in the wrong for keeping this decision a secret to the SI community, then fly out to DC immediately to meet up with his G’Town buddies, like a fugitive on the run. He even let his Mom relay the news to SI, why couldn’t he do it with his Mom? I hope we can get his side of the story, but maybe he’s just waiting for the dust to settle before making a statement?

      • City Lights | July 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM |

        Oh snap! “Oath of fealty?!” Well played sir.

        You just happen to be on the “All eyez on me, don’t listen to them haters, AAU” train, and I happen to live in a world that values trust, commitment, dedication, humility, and honor. I will agree to disagree with you. By the way, the coach didn’t say they would be better.

        And what do you expect him to say? Maybe “Oh we are going to be so much worse now that Steve has completely dissed us.”

  32. Kezar for Keeps | July 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM |

    This is what people really should be concerned about. How can Georgetown say that this exception is due to anything else except to bring in an elite basketball playr? Would this offer be on the table for an elite swimmer or a track athlete? How about the football program that doesn’t have national standing? How about an elite musician? The thing that should be concerning is that he got into one of the countries most prestigious Universities without a high school diploma and only because he is a good basketball player.

    The reason why SI folks are mad is because they are in the business of graduating students and they value that piece of paper. Domingo obviously didn’t value that experience and SI folks probably feel used and feel he used a shortcut. I may not agree with that totally, but I understand it.

    What this means to SF basketball may be the worst of all. What Domingo did marginalized high school basketball, which is what we love (otherwise we wouldn’t be on these boards). He never had the intention of being a great high school basketball player. He used his three years at SI as an rehersal for Georgetown, rather than pursuiting excellence on the high school level at SI. He could have dominated high school basketball with his skill set, but he was only interested in playing the position he was going to play in college. That speaks to his character whether you like it or not. If he was a die-hard competitor, he would have done what he needed to to win at all costs in high school, rather than looking ahead to his career at Georgetown and in the NBA.

  33. Love Albert Waters. Consummate team player. He said all the right things. Spoke very much about the team going forward and thDuring the SH season, pretty much all the players had each others’ back and shared their enjoyment being a teammate or loving their team. What does Stephen say? Now the question is hes addressing is whether or not he is staying at SI. He says, “Right now, I’m a student at SI and spring workouts are going great, I’m excited and looking forward to playing summer ball with my guys.”

    Translation: I wish our jerseys said Domingo on the front. I cant wait to play my real position with real basketball players (“my guys”). I cannot go through another year of this. Im only a Wildcat for now, but hey if this thing Im working on pans out, Im going to be a Hoya.

    • A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 12, 2012 at 8:35 PM |

      Are you really comparing Walters vs. Domingo? To me this just represents why “The Decision 2012” should have been made with the current outcome. Comparing a solid role player vs. and elite talent is like comparing fruit and vegatables.

      Every team need Rudy’s, but honestly every coach wants RG3’s

      To me this reminds me so much of the cry of hate that was distributed to Luke Whitehead when he left SI, what is the continunity of this subject?

      As far as the interview with Lebron, Rose and Domingo…Hmm? Do you really feel SD31 is that good to label him that good?

      • You can be an elite player and also be a great teammate. He’s neither. Seriously I would not bat an eye if Stephen was as great as Aaron Gordon. If Gordon made this jump, alot more of the general public would be happy for him because his skills and athleticism are off the charts.

        Lippi was ecstatic when Whitehead left. Having to deal with his bratty attitude and on top of that his parents barking in his ear behind the bench wasnt what he had in mind. If I was the SI coach seriously, I’d rather have 10 Albert Waters instead of 1 Stephen Domingo. At least I know the 10 Albert Waters will do what I ask of them and not refuse to play down on the post or box out in the key for a rebound.

        • A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM |

          Gordon has won two state championship, why not go for a 3peat…and also another D1 prospect. The real reason no one would be bother to post anything is cause he leaving Mitty not SI.However, the big difference would be Coach Kennedy would not be shocked…he would be involved and encouraging. That is that comparison of Fruit vs. Vegatables (i.e. Reardon vs. Kennedy) LoL

          I love Rudy :-)

      • I was just joking about Jim Gray to schedule an interview. Maybe someone else can do an interview with Mr. Domingo, so he can set the record straight on why he made this decision to forgo his senior year of high school and basically shock the SI community. He didn’t even leave a statement. He basically took a flight out to DC from Vegas, while his Mom informed the SI administration that he wasn’t coming back. I’m sure he will be back in SF before the fall semester starts…maybe he can set up an interview.

        • A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM |

          Always a little truth in every joke, this one got drafted back at you. Too Soon? Yeah, that one was too soon.

          Hey let’s be happy SD31 is not ging to Oregon, we might have a Nike/ESPN interview. Sounds like SI lucked out and SI is not calling. Ha!!!!!!!!!!

  34. BBallObserver X | July 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM |

    This is the first time I’ve responded to the reams of negative comments directed at a young man who has reached a level in basketball that all of us in SF should be proud of….and combine it with the fact that this individual is an excellent student from a fine family. All of you should be proud of what he has accomplished representing our community and our country.
    Do a number of you have nothing better to do than to bash him….Ari Gold, City Lights, WCAL Grad. Based on the comments, I’m convinced that none of you ever played basketball…or if you did, you certainly don’t understand the game today. Playing basketball at SI over the past two years was regressive for SD. The coaches were clueless in helping these HS boys improve their skills. As others have stated, the sooner SI realizes that they should hire good coaches rather than just hiring SI alum, the better chance that the school won’t see people leaving early or transferring to other schools (don’t assume SD is the only one).
    A few points:
    1. SD owes SI nothing.
    2. Georgetown is an excellent academic school (dispite comments from some of you).
    3. This move gives SD the best chance to improve his basketball skills and receive an excellent college education (which is very important to his family).

    My last comment: all of you should be excited for him (and that includes SI administrators) instead of bashing him.

    • I will agree that some people are bashing SD31, however, you don’t just abandon your teammates like that. High school is not college where you can just skip your senior year and declare yourself for the draft. My guess is that SD received some sort of home schooling so he can complete the remaining credits. If this is true, he obviously did it without informing SI and basically did it behind their back.

      The situation as a whole is not only selfish on SD’s part, but demonstrates that he’s not as mature as his supporters thinks. On the other hand, I wonder how much of this decision was his parents’ rather than his own. Speaking as a parent myself, I would never let my child skip their senior year in high school for any reason. Think of the message that you’re sending your child.

      Is Georgetown a fine institution? Yes. However, is SD really going to Georgetown for academics or because of basketball? It’s a safe bet to say that academics isn’t the reason. What happens if his whole NBA plans does not work out? The last individual to do this to SI didn’t fair too well. Mr. Whitehead was drafted by a NBA developemental league and was later waived. I wish SD luck, but he, in my opinion, needs to learn to make better decisions.

      • WCAL Alum | July 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM |

        Well said GCJ. Nobody is disputing the validity of a Georgetown education and his opportunity attend this or any other school. This isnt about high school proms, reunions (ie glory days phenonemon). In this case, what is disconcerting to many native San Franciscans (including me) wherever life takes them, a common denominator amoungst us all is the inevetible question, where did you go to grammar school, where did you go to high school. It’s a question defines us in a small way; extemely unique for a metropolitan area.

        Regardless of which school you went to, you wear it with character. In a small way, your’e defined by it. An unblemished tatoo, per say. If you’re not originally from here, you may not be entirely in-tuned to this.

        Young Stephen Domingo may not understand this, but years from now when he is walking around The City, the inevitable will come up – oh that is the kid who left SI early to go play at Georgetown (i.e. blemished tatoo).

        I surely hope for his sake that the sentence ends with a – yeah, he had a successful experience, despite leaving high school early.

        • WCAL Alum,

          This is a very good point (and one that’s often overlooked). When you attend a school and play any sort of sports for that particular school, you are a representative of that school. There’s a certain amount of pride that comes with it. As for me, I played basketball and volleyball for my high school and I still represent and support my school no matter how well they do. I have great pride in where I went and will carry that with me.

          SD, on the other hand, seemingly, does not understand this. Those who support him, that’s great. However, he still needs to learn that abandoning your school and your teammates is wrong and selfish. Decisions like this leads many to question his intentions (which have now come to light). Did SD attend SI to help their program succeed and represent the school, or did he attend SI to propel only himself?

          I will say that it seems that SD has pride. However, his pride (regarding this situation) seems to reside only in the fact that he is a good basketball player. This is not a bad thing per se. But, when that pride leads to selfish acts, you may not suffer (at first), but those around you will.

      • WCAL Observer | July 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM |

        I agree with GCJ 01. It’s basically as I said two days ago. There is obviously some advice at work here — probably from many outside sources. While I agree that SD turned his back on SI, etc., I feel that if his heart is not there, then it is time to move on. I never really had the sense that Stephen was emersedin the whole SI experience.

        I know this is touchy, but I hope he was not one of tge fortunate recipients of economic aid from SI, as that three-year experience was mostly waisted. I mean waisted in the sense that another young person could have derived a better experience of receiving and then also contributing back to the SI community and far beyond.

        • I doubt he received financial aid. Both his parents have very successful careers and some posters on here said he lived in an exclusive neighborhood in SF.

        • WCAL Observer,

          I think his parents might be behind this more than we think. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that they probably see dollar signs in their son so they’re trying to put him in a position that may help him get to the point where they want him to be. I by no means am saying that this is the case. However, there are a lot of parents out there who have standout athletic children and all they see in them are dollar signs. Education becomes secondary. When the parents lose focus on the bigger picture, how can we expect their children to stay focus on the bigger picture?

          SD’s parents have every right to support their son’s decision. However, as a parent, you also need to inform your child(ren) when their decisions aren’t good. They’re taking a huge gamble and I hope it pays off for them.

          On a side note, if SD did this to SI, what makes Georgetown think that he won’t do this to them? Let’s say that SD is successful in college. He’ll probably leave after his Sophomore year (or maybe his Junior year). I just don’t see him staying the full four years. The only way I see him staying is if he doesn’t live up to the hype. In which case, he would stay, then enter the draft in which there would probably be a slim chance that he would be picked up. Only time will tell.

      • Bryce Harper says hello to all the posters who say you can’t leave high school early and enroll in college. He left high school after his sophomore year.

        • I’m pretty sure Bryce Harper got a GED, that’s why he left high school to pursue baseball, you think SD also got a GED?

        • Kezar for Keeps | July 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM |

          Bryce Harper got a GED and went to a junior college. I’d say that’s a little different than Georgetown.

        • Bryce Harper dominated competition, and absolutely had to play at a higher level. SD has not dominated anyone in the WCAL. He is not even the best player in the league, as we can all agree Aaron Gordon has way more game. Please, leave out the Bryrce Harper comparisons.

          • Aaron Gordon vs SD – no comparison! Also, AG always plays his heart out…AG playing while still recovering from mono should give you an indication of his desire to help out his team and win! I wouldn’t even consider SD the second best player in the league going into this this year as Dunbar and Caruso (Serra) have displayed more grit, determination and heart.

    • I know you probably didn’t do this intentionally, but there actually is a semi-regular commenter with the name you first used. I changed your name a little bit now, but please use a different name the next time you comment. You can check our Commenting Code of Conduct at the bottom of the page for more commenting regulations. Thanks.

  35. All we need is Jim Gray to do a sit-down interview ala Lebron and Pete Rose with Stephen Domingo and this article will be complete. I hope Hollis 2.0 will agree to do an interview.

  36. I did not want to respond in anyway to this post, but could not help it , due to the subliminal racist comments made about this student athlete and his parents. Here we have our first Division 1 big east player out of san Francisco, and some of you can’t even hide your racist veiws and your fear that a student athletes of color, will make the basketball community rethink their negative feelings about high school basketball in San Francisco.

    This student athlete and his parents have achieved the highest goulds in high school basketball possible! attending a great university, will be on scholarship, and have done more than enough in high school academicly and athetlicly, to enter college early. where can you possibally find something wrong with this?

    It’s the old double standard, I have nothing to hide in saying if this was a white student athlete, he and his parents would be praised for everything this young man and his parents are being attacked for. What’s just happen, some of you are very uncomfortible, that this student athlete from a high school that most of you in the basketball community feels underachieved this past season, has supercede above the more popular household high school basketball names.

    • Levon, maybe it was best you stayed out of this. You just spiraled the conversation down a slippery slope. Your crutch is broken.

      A young man (not black, white, orange, green or purple) left high school prematurely-nothing more, nothing less.

    • Every argument has to include the race card nowadays. I don’t see how race plays a role in this case, and I don’t see any racist comments neither. I just feel it’s a bad decision. Next thing you know, some kid in 2016 will skip his final 2 years in HS and go to Georgetown.

    • City Lights | July 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM |

      Levon, you are out of line. The sentiment on the board would be EXACTLY the same if the student was White, Latino, or Asian. Get a clue and actually read the posts.

    • Youre ridiculously funny “Levon”. Who let Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in the room?

      To add to my speculation on how Stephen was able to do this; earlier I mentioned he must have had some home schooling from an accredited private institute/individual(s). But I thought a little deeper and remembered seeing here and there kids that have higher IQs than a kid normally would at that age (i.e. a child who is 13 with an IQ of 120 takes a test and scores an IQ of 180). Some kids go to Harvard, MIT without even going to high school. The term is “gifted children”.

      Now, playfully, Stephen’s only “gift” from what I can see is just being 6’7. If he has some sort of X-Men type ability that we dont know of then absolutely he does not belong at SI. He belongs at Xavier’s School for the Gifted Children. What is his nickname? Can anyone come up with his X-Men nickname?

  37. Kezar for Keeps | July 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM |

    Jbalan, have you tried to talk to Domingo about this?

  38. Levon- There is absolutely no racism involved here. Have you read the comments???? It has nothing to do with the color of his skin, yet all to do with his ” I am better than you”, attitude towards his coach’s, teammates, and I SI community. That is why there is so much backlash.
    Aaron Gordon has won two state titles and will likely win 3. This is because he does not look down at his teammates, coach’s and or his school community.
    In my opinion SI enabled him to act like a pre-madona!! SI ultimately made their bed on this issue.
    I’m sure coach Reardon is ecstatic he does not have to deal with SD this year. I know I would if I were the coach

    • Well put, but not too sure Aaron Gordon “will likely win 3” championships, although it’s certainly possible. They will be in the Open Division and will face tougher opponents such as Mater Dei and Salesian. Mitty could be a little down this year a slight notch because a ton of their good role players graduated such as Vranicar, Peters, Biebel, etc. Also, AG broke his foot this summer, so that will set him back a little.

      • Have you seen Mitty PG Conor Peterson play? 6’2 PG, game compares to Luke Ridnour (when he was good). I wouldnt worry about other role players not stepping up for Mitty. You can put me, you and Balan out there with Gordon and he would make us look like all-league performers.

  39. City Lights | July 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM |

    Albert Waters is a fine young man. I wish him and his teammates the best of luck this year. Very classy response from a classy student athlete.

    • Albert may receive some attention from some colleges as a DB. Here’s what he wont do: “Hey coach, I have a chance to get a scholarship to play DB in college, you think I can just only play DB and not play RB?”
      Not a chance! Albert will play wherever the coach tells him to play because he enjoys doing playing football, whatever position it is.

  40. Thanks JJ
    Regarding Aaron Gordon winning 3 titles. I saw Mitty play without Gordon against De La Salle last weekend. They are going to be tough to beat. They Beat De La Salle at their tournament. They were more physical, more composed, and more athletic. Alocco got kicked of the gym for profusely swearing at one of the refs. After seeing them without Gordon and playing as well as they did, they are my favorite in the open division.

    • ARHS Stats | July 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM |

      The Central Coast Section might have it’s own Open Division Tournament for basketball this coming year. It is up for a vote (action) by the Board of Managers on their October 17th meeting.

      The CCS Open Division, if it is recommended, will consist of the Top 8 CCS teams, which will all be playing Nor-Cal Games after the tournament. At most only 4 teams from one league will play in the Open Division and only 3 teams from any one enrollment division will play in the Open Division.

      This will probably mean the top 4 WCAL teams will play in the Open Division, the other WCAL teams will be able to play their enrollment Division.

      The next 4 best basketball teams from the section will also play in the Open Division. This might include Burlingame, Palo Alto, the MHAL Champion, and the MBAL-Gabilian Division Champion

      MBAL-Gabilian is the upper league of the Monterey Bay League which combines the TCAL teams and the MBAL teams.

      The Open Division teams will play for 3rd place and 5th place. So the CCS will have 16 games scheduled for Championship weekend.

      The University of Santa Clara will host the Division 1, 2, 3, and Open Division Championship Games and the Open Division 3rd place game also.

      Divisions 4 and 5 will move to a smaller site and the Open Division 5th place game might be at that site also.

      • Well thats perfect for your Crusaders Pat! Riordan would definite be one of the favorites to win D3 CCS if this happens. Your only competition would be SI and Valley Christian. Surely you can beat those teams.

  41. A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM |

    Let’s be honest and candid…the real issue here is a person that some of the avid posters have expressed feels that “little Stevie” has shown the SI appreciation that he should. He has been a selfish self-centered and not swallowed the juice of the SI experience. The fact that people has suggested that he is aide is worthy of classism and subject to the hue of his skin.

    I really think Levon has hit the nail on the head and the response of denial proves that to be accurate. “one does not deny so loudly or dismissive is a nerve os not hit”

    And to make jokes about Africian American leaders as a subject of excuse says so much. Morgan says is so well, “Things haven’t changed so much Miss Daisy”

    Maybe the best thing is the world is for Domingo Family to leave and let them write own story (it only affects them anyway), cause the SI community sure is praying for failure…if you doubt that? Please read previous article to post from that same community.

    • City Lights | July 14, 2012 at 1:53 AM |

      It is quite obvious you are “Topcat” from the Norcalpreps board. I have to admit I’ve missed your zany yarns and terrible grammar. It is not racist to say Steve only cares about himself.

      To assume he might be on financial aide could be dumb prejudice or the person could have gotten caught up in the fact he is getting a full ride (that’s aid right?) from G-town.

      It’s actually a bit racist for you to insinuate that “Little Stevie” is getting a full ride for basketball. How do you know it isn’t for academics? He did skip his senior year of high school you know…

      • A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM |

        I did not insinuate that “little Stevei” was getting aide, it was one of your fair headed alumnist that made that assumation. To be candid, I would suggest that the Domingo family is rather like the Bill Crobsy Show vs. Good Times. So aide would not be in consideration.

        The underlying issue here is that a student that choosed to walk away from the SI experience happens to be an elite basketball player and is getting a TOP Tier education too. The fact that he happens to be a tooken has nothing to do with it. But when you see the post of others (maybe you too) praising other student althletes for being great team players and solid SI students. It just has the impression that not one person of color was mentioned? Am I wrong or have I hit a nerve that rings to deep that it may be hard to realize. This a deep issue and even deeper problem, as I have said many times before, “The Chickens has come home to roost” The Nile is not only in Eygpt, it runs along 37th Ave too.

        • Kezar for Keeps | July 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM |

          Wow. You really read what you want to hear. One of those “great team players” is Albert Waters, who is quoted in this article. You should take a look at what color his skin is. Seems like you only see racism when it fits the point you’re trying to make.

          • A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM |

            I will be the first to admit and error, I assumed that Waters was from the esteemed Waters family at SI.

            But that poises a “great question”? Can you name the last Elite talented African American athlete to come out of SI since Ali Thomas? Historically there has seem to be a rate of departure or lost of desire from both academic/athlteic success from that sunsect of the student body. Selectism is a more PC term than racism, so can we both agree to call it that.

            However lets not ever compare Albert to Stephen as simular gifts of talent. Your own alumnist pundits would not even sell that one and he surely is not in that list that I am asking for to prove your point of non-selectism at SI.

  42. OtisBirdsong | July 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM |

    When Mr. Waters says “We found out from Stephen yesterday. He told a couple of friends and we talked about it in practice…” is the practice he is referring to for SI football or basketball. Someone feel free to correct me, but isn’t there a ccs section and cif state rule prohibiting summer practice. Although I know there are schools out there who have practice during the summer.

    • It probably wasn’t a team practice, per se. He and other members of the SI basketball team have access to the SI gym and he was probably practicing his free throws or doing drills on his own or with his teammates.

      • A paths divided in the woods...SD31 took the one less traveled to reach a higher bar | July 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM |

        The Dolly Lama adds support to SI quest of understandingon Levon words

        Levon: My friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours until you let go of the illusion of control.
        Ari: Illusion?
        Levon: Yes.
        [points at peach tree]
        ;Ari: Look at this tree, Levon: I cannot make it blossom when it suits me nor make it bear fruit before its time.
        Levon: But there are things we *can* control: I can control when the fruit will fall, I can control where to plant the seed: that is no illusion, Master!
        Levon: Ah, yes. But no matter what you do, that seed will grow to be a peach tree. You may wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach.
        Ari: But a peach cannot graduate from SI and make it into the NBA!
        Levon: Maybe it can, if you are willing to support, to nurture it, to believe in it.
        Ari: But how? How? I need your help, master.
        Levon: No, you just need to believe. Promise me, Ari, promise me you will believe and not fill your sould with hate of a 17 year old man. That deminishes you…..

  43. According to SD received all of his high school credits. However, they did not mention how. I’m guessing he had home schooling. I didn’t know that you can be home schooled while attending high school at the same time. Oddly enough, this demonstrates that SD (and his parents), had a predetermine plan.

    I believe that it wouldn’t have mattered what school he went to, he was going to screw them in the end anyway. He could’ve went to SHC, Riordan, or any of the AAA schools, and the result would’ve been the same. Is this selfish? Yes. Is this classless? Yes. But, he felt that it needed to be done.

    I just don’t see why he needed to rush things. Practically all of the NBA players graduated high school. Some (Garnett, Kobe, Lebron, etc.), even got drafted after they graduated from high school. Maybe it’s my ignorance, or lack of understanding, but I just don’t see the need for him to rush through this whole process.

    • Don’t you think if SI had a better record like 22-5, he would’ve stayed? I think making the U17 team, propelled him and his family to make the decision to leave SF so he can follow the footsteps of Hollis Thompson and hopefully hop onto an NBA team 3, 4, or 5 years down the road. I also think there was also an individual or 2 during his AAU days that probably coerced him into making this decision. Aren’t AAU teams secretly run by agents?

      • JJ,

        I understand your point. However, I doubt that SI’s record had anything to do with it. In my opinion, it was predetermined as to what was going to occur. SI would’ve done real well if he would’ve stayed for next year (I still think they will do well without him). So, I doubt their win-loss record had anything to do with it.

        I wouldn’t doubt that people in his AAU circle probably had a hand in it, but this seems a bit of a long shot.

        Lebron, Garnett, and Kobe all finished their high school careers and were far better than SD is right now at the time they graduated. But the point is, they graduated. I’m glad SD has goals and is striving to achieve them, however, there is a wrong and right way of going about doing them. I’m not saying that his plan is completely wrong, but this part of the plan should’ve had a little bit more thought added to it.

        • I went to about 10 SI basketball games last year, and I think the losses did take a toll on Domingo. The game vs SHC when they were being blown out by 20, it seemed like he didn’t want to be on the court. I was at that last game when they lost to El Camino and it looked like he wanted to throw up. Although it wasn’t a big part of why he left, I think the losses and the mediocre record did play a role in his leaving, along with other reasons. The sad part is that alot of people from SI and the SF community will want to see him fail. I hope he makes the NBA and becomes 1st team Big East someday. If it doesn’t happen, he’ll just work at his Dad’s business and live a nice life, perhaps being a head basketball coach at SI someday.

        • Yes they finished HS and went directly to the NBA. Stephen is going to college, one of the best in the world. This is the natural progression. People are saying this is a bad decision and he is leaving for the wrong reasons etc. These are very subjective criticisms of him. When people say it is a bad decision they really mean it is a bad decision by their own standards. One may not agree with it but the bottom line is that if the Domingo’s feel this is in their son’s best interest, it is the right decision for them. The fact that Stephen attends SI means they are obviously big proponents of a quality education and the fact that he is going to G’town shows they raised an intelligent young man. Just because commenters would not allow their child to leave HS early (one never knows unless presented with the same decision, which most if not all will not be) doesn’t make it a bad decision.

          People are also saying Stephen is disloyal to his team and his school. My take is that all those people who feel that way are selfish for wanting a young man to pass up such a wonderful opportunity in order not to leave THEM. They are thinking of themselves and not Stephen which is selfish on their part.

          And to all the people who say he is not that good, I guess the USA coaches and the Hoya coaches are in the wrong line of work. Maybe they should be commenters on message boards for a living. Not every kid on a college basketball team plays, there are kids on scholarships on the bench. The Hoya coaches see something in Stephen, thus they offerd him a scholarship. Whether he becomes a star or not is irrelevant.

          Everyone has an opinion and their own point of view to express but with that comes the responsibility to know not everyone will agree with it and we can’t condemn those that go against our beliefs and values.

          Bottom line is that this is the right decision for the Domingo family and I wish them Godspeed in their journey.

  44. I want to wish Stephen Domingo the best of luck. What a difficult decision this must have been for him and his parents! I’m sure it wasn’t made lightly. I’m sure they knew there would be plenty of criticism. But apparently they decided that staying at SI isn’t in the best interest of their son at this point, and that leaving for Georgetown will benefit him more. As the parent of an athlete (female), I know these kinds of decisions can be very difficult and if your child is talented, he or she almost inevitably disappoints a team or a coach at some point. But you can’t sacrifice your chances, you have to seize them. So good luck, Stephen!

    • City Lights | July 15, 2012 at 7:58 PM |

      I laugh out loud at your claim that this was “a difficult decision for him and his parents!” Maybe a bit awkward for his mom to show up and deliver the news followed by high fives when she got home is more like it.

  45. A Jesuit University pulls a top player out of a Jesuit high school? Wow…obnoxious college, yanks kid from obnoxious school. I don’t know the kid or family so I will not speak ill of them but it is a very questionable decision. As fun as it is to poke fun at the snobby Jesuit schools this does not sound like something that is initiated by them. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these shady sports recruiter consultants did something like this to just up his resume so he can go around and make more money off of other families. Just a theory.

  46. Basketball Fan | July 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM |

    Did anyone else see Thompson at the Bruce Mahoney game? I think we will see it all play out soon. My hope is that Stephen, as I hope for all young men and women who enter college/university, have a good support system in place. It is a hard adjustment for many, and having “voices of reason” and support in your court are necessary.

    • Not really sure if anything more will play out. Hollis Thompson, another sharpshooter from another Jesuit high school in LA, did the same thing (skipped his senior year of high school to go to Georgetown). I think Hollis didn’t enroll until the spring semester, though, so maybe Domingo might do the same thing. Domingo isn’t participating in the Kenner League which is similar to the SF Pro-Am, so maybe he’s taking classes to get his “GED” at Georgetown? Domingo is pretty much laying low; he hasn’t really said anything on his twitter account or other forms of social media, since everything went down. He could plead the 5th.

  47. As a 2010 article on explained, “Graduating high school early, or ‘reclassifying,’ might not yet qualify as a trend, but it’s not an underground movement, either. ”

  48. SI 08Alum | July 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM |

    To be honest, I don’t blame Steve for leaving. To all you domingo family bashers, He doesn’t owe SI’s not like he is under contract playing for SI so why does everybody care so much about his decision. SI wasn’t making his game any better also.I would have left as well. Until SI hires an “outsider” as head coach, this trend of superstars leaving will continue with Trevor leaving next & potential talent (incoming 8th graders) going to other schools because of the boring old fashioned SI system that nobody wants to play for.SI is full of politics & nobody wants to be a part of that. Steve, I wish you the best of luck kid.prove all these haters wrong.

    • Let’s see how SI basketball and Trevor does this year, before saying he’s the next player to depart. I don’t think SI has a jersey hung from their rafters and it would a great honor if SI retires his jersey someday, if he ever becomes a great pro talent. Based on his body language and emotions, it seems like he is enjoying his SI HS basketball career more than Stephen.

      • jj, you’re kidding, right? there are far too many ex-cats’ s jerseys that should be in the rafters before dunbar is even considered.

        • I said if Dunbar ever became a great pro talent, he should be considered to have his jersey retired at SI. I don’t know why SI hasn’t retired Dan Fouts or Igor Olshansky’s jerseys yet. What player’s jersey do you have in mind that SI should retire, before Dunbar? Paul Fortier, the asst coach at UW? Or Johnny Mrlik, lol.

          • Johnny Drama | July 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM |

            @JJ….on a happier not, Jeremy Lin is paid! I recall you were one of his biggest fans!

            • Nah, I wasn’t a very big fan of Lin, but I guess if Domingo can have a good 10 game stretch one day, he can also get 24 million. Lin even went Operation ShutDown in order to preserve the hype. I guess the Knicks weren’t that impressed neither. Hopefully, Lin can follow Yao Ming’s footsteps in Houston into another overrated career.

              • I believe he was being sarcastic. We should all be so lucky to be overrated like Mr. Lin!

          • Hoops – Jeff Thilgen, Paul Fortier, Levi Middlebrooks, John Duggan

          • They should retire Bill Bruce’s jersey.

            • I dont think they wore numbers back then. I could be wrong. I would only give me retired jersey # vote to John Duggan. He wore 44 right?

              • I think they did have numbers by then. Jerry Mahoney wore #7 in basketball and that was in the ’40s.

  49. City Lights | July 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM |

    Yeah Yeah Yeah! All eyez on me! Don’t listen to them haters Steve! You da man!!!

    Yeah Steve! You don’t owe anybody anything. Not your teammates, your teachers, your coaches, or your friends.

    Don’t listen to them haters baller. It’s all about you. Nobody else in the world matters.

  50. @ city lights. That’s cute.a sarcastic be honest, when it comes to basketball, Steve owes nothing to anybody.including his coaches, teammates,or teachers. He is a 17 year old kid. Can a 17 year old kid do what he wants without people like you getting sensitive about it? I know Steve on a personal level and we should be admiring the fact that a young man is chasing his dreams. Instead, you people are showing no support and worse, criticizing him. How many of you would turn down an offer to attend Georgetown & play there? I sure as hell wouldn’t turn that down. Could you blame him???????

    • I agree 100% with your statement!

      • I wonder how much of the nasty comments are the result of jealousy …. But let’s remember, anything can happen to take a kid out of a season. The major reason is usually an injury, but other things can happen too. What does a team do? They have to move on and make the best of it.

    • I think Stephen Domingo disappointed his fans, similar to how Lebron disappointed the Cleveland Cav fans.

      • Personally, I am disappointed in that I don’t get the opportunity to see him play next year in the WCAL as he’s clearly a talented player. I had the feeling that was going to transfer to Findley Prep so I thought he was long gone regardless.

        Lastly, I have serious reservations about him doing much in the Big East given his high school stint at SI though.

        Good luck in the Big East SD31

  51. George Nguyen | July 18, 2012 at 1:34 AM |

    Best of luck to the Domingo family. You guys really need to give this sometime… This could honestly be a terrible decision, but at the same time could be the best… Let some time go by and worry more about making the best out of life right now for yourself and others around you… The truth of everything will come out eventually.

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