By Joe Henricksen
A year ago coach Tom White's De La Salle basketball program took a big hit with the transfer of point guard Jaylon Tate to Simeon. Now, one year later, another key piece is leaving: highly-regarded 6-7 senior Alex Foster.
Foster withdrew from De La Salle late last week. According to sources, the family cited "travel distance" as the reason behind leaving the South Side private school. There has been no decision yet where Foster will attend high school next fall, though Seton Academy, Andrew and Simeon have been rumored as possible destinations. Another source did say "it won't be Simeon" when asked if Foster would be transferring to the defending state champs.
The Hoops Report did talk briefly with the Foster family, but at this time they had no comment as to where Alex Foster would be heading next year.
Like Tate, Foster was a key contributor for the varsity the moment he entered De La Salle as a freshman. He put together solid sophomore and junior seasons, collected double-digit scholarship offers and was doing very well academically.
With the return of talented seniors Gavin Schilling, Alvin Ellis, DeMarcus Richardson and Marcus White, De La Salle is expected to be one of the top teams in the Chicago area next season, with or without Foster. But losing a veteran 6-7 Division I prospect will certainly be a hit for White's Meteors.
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