Maryknoll boys basketball standout Sage Tolentino gave an oral commitment to Auburn on Thursday morning.
The 7-foot wing had received offers from Kansas, Tennessee State, then was offered by Auburn last week. On Wednesday, Cincinnati made an offer, but the talented sharpshooter made his decision less than 24 hours later.
“My family and I have prayed about this day since I was a kid,” Tolentino wrote on social media. “I am beyond blessed and I give God all the glory. Auburn University’s core traditions are passion and spirit and they are exactly the program I want to spend my time at, developing at the next level. It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle!”
Tolentino mentioned last week that he had spent quite a bit of time getting to know Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and his assistant coaches.
“I have been in contact with them for awhile. Coach (Wes) Flanigan and (Head) Coach (Bruce) Pearl have been great to get to know and have become family. We talk a lot of basketball and a lot of family and food,” he said earlier.
He spent much of his time during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic training in the Tri-States area — in the summer and fall. He is taking classes online and will play his junior season at Maryknoll. Tolentino has said he will transfer to a mainland school for senior year.
Tolentino was a Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 selection at No. 3 as a sophomore last season. He was also voted No. 1 on the All-Defensive team.