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Benilde-Saint Margaret (St. Louis Park, Minn.) senior forward Sanjay Lumpkin committed to Northwestern on Friday.
Lumpkin, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward, chose the Wildcats over interest from Nebraska, Santa Clara, Richmond, Saint Louis and Washington State, among others.
"There were so many great things," Lumpkin said of Northwestern. "It's a great academic school. It's in the Big Ten. It has great basketball. I have a great relationship with the coaches, with coach [Bill] Carmody and coach [Tavaras] Hardy. It's in a great city. I'm going to be able to play to close to my family. It's an all-around full package."
Lumpkin also was attracted by the opportunity to make history at Northwestern.
"I want to be on that first team that goes to the NCAA tournament," Lumpkin said. "That's something they talked about. [Freshman] Tre Demps helped me out and told me why he wanted to go there. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself."
Lumpkin averaged 12 points in 28 games as a junior. He had a season-high of 34 points. He is the 101st ranked small forward in the Class of 2012 by ESPN.
Lumpkin played with the Minnesota Pump 'n' Run during the club season.
"He's got good ball-handling skills," Minnesota Pump 'n' Run program director Tom Krosschell said. "He's extremely long. He can score from well beyond the arc, but he can also take it to the rim. I would say in two words -- extremely versatile.
"I really believe he's got the ability to be a scorer, and he's put up some very good numbers at times, but he's also been an excellent defender. I can't stress enough that he has the ability to do everything very, very well."
Lumpkin is Northwestern's second Class of 2012 commitment. He joins 6-10 center Alex Olah in the class.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at email@example.com.