Sunday, July 09, 2000

Sylvester injured at Nike camp

By Mike DeCourcy
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDIANAPOLIS — The biggest week of Matt Sylvester's basketball career did not end as glamorously as it began.

        A 6-foot-7 small forward from Moeller High, Sylvester held a news conference Tuesday to announce his commitment to join the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2001-02 season. Wednesday, he joined 179 other elite prep players at the Nike All-American Camp. Friday, he got hit in the mouth.

        Sylvester left camp after a hit during a scrimmage game cracked one of his front teeth in half. The Nike staff officially listed him as departing because of illness.

        Although he's committed to OSU, the injury cost Sylvester the chance to be seen by recruiting analysts who are involved in the voting for the McDonald's All-American team later in the year. Sylvester entered the summer ranked No. 84 by the PrepStars Recruiters Handbook and outside the HoopScoop service's top 60.

        But analyst Dave Telep of watched Sylvester at the Spiece Run 'N Slam tournament at Purdue in May and believes he could rank higher if more widely seen.


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