From the Oregonian: Westview's Poling commits to Gonzaga Another one of Oregon's coveted prep basketball recruits removed his name from the available list this week -- and it's not Kyle Singler. Seven-foot Westview High School center Andy Poling, who will be a junior during the upcoming season, orally committed to Gonzaga on Wednesday night, passing up offers from virtually every school in the Pacific-10 Conference, including Oregon and Oregon State. Poling is the second prominent Oregon big man in the past week to offer an oral pledge to an NCAA Division I school. Lake Oswego's Kevin Love committed to UCLA last week. Poling selected Gonzaga because of its coaching staff, the school's proximity to Portland and his family, and the Bulldogs' ever-growing success and tradition. "It was a tough decision, but I know it's the right place for me," Poling said. "I decided to go ahead and announce my decision because I didn't see the point in making other schools waste their time recruiting me. I know things are not going to change." The commitment is non-binding, and Poling is not allowed under NCAA rules to make it official until November 2007, when he signs a letter of intent during an early signing period. The announcement is surprising, however, because it comes so early; most elite recruits do not commit until their senior season or the summer proceeding their senior season. But Westview coach Pat Coons said the recruiting climate has changed in recent years, and the process begins so early that Poling had ample time to explore each of his suitors and determine the right school for him. "You can say the announcement is early, but the fact is that Andy has gone through the recruiting process for two years already, so this isn't really that early," Coons said. "He just felt really comfortable with the whole coaching staff at Gonzaga and the program. It was the perfect fit." Poling was a Class 4A second-team all-state selection last season after averaging 17.6 points per game.