2020 Harvard-Westlake center Mason Hooks committed to Princeton on June 3. For Hooks, the school will provide him with everything he’s looking for.
“I think it all came down to Princeton being the best fit all around for me,” Hooks said. “Academics are very important to me. Going there will help me out from a scholarly perspective. Basketball wise they’ve got a great program. I really like the coaching staff and the way they play.”
Only three 2020 recruits in 247Sports Top 50 have committed to a school so far this cycle. Hooks is aware that he’s made his pledge early.
“I was ready to choose,” Hooks said. “Many people will choose in August or later, but I was ready to make the decision because I didn’t think anything was going to change it.”
The Harvard-Westlake big man has fostered a tight-knit relationships with two members of the Princeton staff.
“Skye Ettin has been the coach who has mainly been recruiting me,” Hooks said. “That’s who I’m the closest to. I’m very close with head coach Mitch Henderson too. I’m really excited to join the team but not before we finish business here at Harvard-Westlake.”
Despite losing Johnny Juzang to Kentucky, expectations will be high once again in 2019-2020 for the Wolverines.
“We want to make the Southern Section Open Division,” Hooks said. We still haven’t done that. Even without Johnny, I think we have a great shot. If we do what we’re supposed to do, there’s no reason we shouldn’t get there and once we get there, we want to win.”