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When Wesley Saunders committed to Harvard two years ago, the decision was easy to second guess.
Before Saunders became the centerpiece of a Harvard team that won the first NCAA Tournament game in program history this year, he was an All-California sectional co-player of the year at Windward School in Los Angeles. And even though the Crimson were coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons, it was hard to compare their newfound success to the Pac-12 big-box operations like Southern Cal and Stanford that were tugging at him.
“A lot of people were touting him to have pro potential and he needed to be playing at a school with the exposure of the Pac-12 and they wanted him to play at a more basketball-oriented school,” said his father, Edward Saunders.
But Edward knew about such decisions, such chessboard moves.