Former Farragut star Michael Dunigan is apparently heading to Israel.
That means the three area recruits that headed to play for Ernie Kent at Oregon in 2008 have all moved on. Hales grad Matt Humphrey is at Boston College and Josh Crittle is at Central Florida with Young's Marcus Jordan, AJ Rompza and Dwight McCombs and Loyola's Jeff Jordan.
It's an interesting decision for Dunigan to go pro. By all accounts he is a smart kid, so it's not like he's choosing Europe because he's afraid of school work. Dunigan arrived at Oregon with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. He was expected to be the best big man at the school in decades. His two years had plenty of ups and downs and recently he'd been bothered by a hip injury.
It's interesting to read about Dunigan on Draft Express. Jonathan Givony has a keen eye for talent, and as harsh as he is in criticizing Dunigan's faults, he also hasn't given up on the chance that Dunigan has the potential to someday play in the NBA.
It usually takes big men a lot longer to figure it out. Area fans will remember Dunigan in his freshman and sophomore years at Farragut. He was almost as big as he is now, he often looked clueless, with bad footwork and no touch on his shot. But he always played hard and never let the mistakes stop him from trying. By senior year he'd developed into the kind of impact player that could help lead his team to an upset of mighty Simeon and Derrick Rose.
It'll be interesting to see how things play out in Israel.