Jeremiah Worthem, Math, Civics and Sciences’ All-Public League standout, has given a verbal commitment to play Division I basketball for Robert Morris. Worthem, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound senior, chose Robert Morris over Stony Brook, Wagner and LIU (Long Island University).
“I chose Robert Morris based on the coaching staff,” Worthem said. “I feel like I can bond with the coaches. They’re going to really push me to get where I need to go. Academic wise, they push you to go to class. They make sure all the guys graduate. I also like the style of play. I feel like their style of play fits my game.”
Worthem is one of the talented players in the city. He can take the ball to the basket, rebound and play good defense. Worthem has been a big part of the success the Mighty Elephants have had over the years. Danny Jackson, MC&S head basketball coach, feels Worthem should have a fine career at Robert Morris.
“I think Robert Morris is a good fit for him,” Jackson said. “It fits his personality. I think the coaches will really push him for where he needs to be as a player. I think they have a great campus. Academically, I think what Robert Morris has to offer from the standpoint of classes and the help it should be an excellent fit for Jeremiah.”
Robert Morris, located in Pittsburgh, is a member of the Northeast Conference, which features colleges such as St. Francis (PA), Fairleigh Dickinson, Mount St. Mary’s and Central Connecticut State. Andrew Toole is the head coach at Robert Morris. Toole played his college basketball at Penn. The Colonials have plenty of Philly flavor with local products Velton Jones (Northeast Catholic), David Appolon (Imhotep Charter) and Lijah Thompson (Communications Tech).
“I talked to the guys a lot,” Worthem said. “I talked to Velton Jones and David Appolon. They’re doing well. They told me all about the program. I’m looking forward to playing there.”
Worthem has his college decision out of the way. He can now focus on finishing out his senior year in strong fashion on and off the court. Worthem knows what he has to do to take his game to the next level.
“Right now, I have to work on the ballhandling part,” Worthem said. “I have to work on shooting off the dribble. I’ll probably play the small forward or wing guard. They run a lot of down screens and big picks. It’s kind of similar to what we run here at MC&S.”