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Preps Plus


New Haven's McElvene explains decision

New Haven senior center Steve McElvene committed to play basketball at Dayton on Thursday.

The 6-foot-11, 285-pound McElvene wrote the decision came down to the Flyers or Pittsburgh. Playing time was a factor in his decision.

"It wasn't that hard but it wasn't that easy either," McElvene said in a text message.

McElvene had tweeted he visited Dayton last Sunday. He also had offers from other schools, including Ball State, Wright State, Chicago State, Kansas State, Saint Louis and LaSalle.

McElvene helped lead the Bulldogs to their first sectional title since 1996 with 18 points and 16 rebounds and overall he had 39 points, 33 rebounds and 10 blocks in two regional games.

McElvene, who moved to New Haven last year from Alabama, averaged 10.0 points and 8 rebounds last year and was named to the All-NHC second-team.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.