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Tokoto to Announce Choice of College Thursday, Could Transfer for Senior Year

J.P. Tokoto knows the college he will attend, but it isn't clear if he will play in Menomonee Falls his senior year.

Menomonee Falls basketball star J.P. Tokoto plans to end all the speculation and announce what college he will attend in 2012 at a press conference 10 p.m. Thursday night at Dave & Buster’s Restaurant on Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa.

But as far as Falls hoops fans are concerned, the bigger news is that the junior phenom may decide not to play for the Indians next year.

While the decision of what college to attend has already been made, Tokoto's dad, Trevor Trimble, told Menomonee Falls Patch that what his son will do in 2011 remains up in the air. When asked, Trimble said that transferring from Menomonee Falls to play at another school is a possibility.

“We’re going to take a long look at that and do what’s best for J.P.,” Trimble said. “We’re in the process of evaluating that right now. We won’t sacrifice academics, but J.P. has a special gift and has an opportunity to do great things.”

As far as college is concerned, the 6-6, 190-pound junior forward had recently released his eight schools he had been considering:  Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Marquette, Maryland and UCLA.

The original time frame was for the decision to be made at the end of the season. However, Tokoto has already made up his mind and is prepared to make the announcement.

“Our purpose was to get this done early,” Trimble said. “We know it’s still a business for the coaches and they have roster spots they need to fill. We respect that. We knew that we did not want this to go any further.”

The recruiting rush for Tokoto, a terrifically talented basketball player who is also a solid student, has been going on for two seasons. Tokoto became a national figure in basketball recruiting circles between his freshman and sophomore years at Falls when coaches such as Roy Williams of North Carolina, Bill Self at Kansas and Kentucky coach John Calipari were wowed by him during summer basketball in 2009.

“We had to get a grasp on this early,” said Trimble about the recruiting process. “He’s been dealing with this for two years.”

 However, few schools have shown as much interest in Tokoto as North Carolina. Williams has traveled to watch Tokoto in action several times the past two years, including an appearance at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in January when Falls played Abraham Lincoln High School of Brooklyn.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has also been a frequent visitor, coming to watch Tokoto play against Brookfield East and Brookfield Central.

According to Trimble, Tokoto has not made any official trips, but has made unofficial visits to watch North Carolina and Wisconsin play this season.

Tokoto is averaging 20.4 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Indians this season. His signature game this season came against West Allis Central on Jan. 7 when he scored 32 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in an 82-59 victory. Tokoto also put together a spectacular performance together against Brookfield East, when he scored 32 points in a 68-48 victory on Feb. 4.

In Tokoto’s sophomore season, the Indians went 21-4 in a season that ended in a two-point loss to eventual state champion. This year, Falls finished 11-11.  They will face Wauksha South in the Regional tournament Saturday.

Tom C. March 01, 2011 at 04:03 AM
I think he will choose the Heels of North Carolina. Roy williams has had great success in the Midwest in recent years, e.g., Tyler Hansbrough, Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, and Bobby Frasor.
Jay March 01, 2011 at 04:31 AM
WIAA rules state that if he transfers to another school after his sophomore year he has to sit one calandar year of athletics...which would mean no senior year for him.
Andy March 01, 2011 at 04:34 AM
Uh Jay, if he is done at Falls, he ain't staying around here. He'll be going to some East coast prep school. NC might even foot the bill!
Derrick from milwaukee March 02, 2011 at 08:03 PM
How about this..... maybe he's making this announcment now because there are some problems going on within the team, that has his outlook for next year looking bleak? Clearly you can tell the difference from this years team compared to last years team.... There is no togetherness no one seems to be on the same page, is this a coaching issue? This was going to be the falls year to win it all!!! Its too bad this year has been a big let down all because players that should be playing are not playing!! Attend a game and tell me what you think! I think much of the blame falls on the coaching but thats just me thinking out loud!! JP what every you do, I'm sure your family will support you!!! Good luck Bro !! Reply
Keith Anderson March 03, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Looks like I need to see him play.
Tracy Mcgrady March 03, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Regarding the WIAA Rules. It was stated in a article that he has family in North Carolina. Speculations might be that if he picks North Carolina he might attend high school down there or maybe even a prep school for his senior year. If he does transfer prep school might be the best move because it will present him with better competition.
timothy hill March 04, 2011 at 12:17 AM
who knows about these kids today to much parents influnence, let the boy go to carolina if he wants to win!!!!
woopigsooie12 March 04, 2011 at 12:33 AM
either prep school or another school if he moves out of falls. he doesnt have to sit out if he moves right?
Basketball Guru March 04, 2011 at 02:07 PM
He won't be going to another WIAA school, he'll be going to Oak Hill in Virginia. Watch and see.
Basketball Guru March 04, 2011 at 02:15 PM
There are very few private schools in NC that are that level of talent for basketball players. Unfortunately the ones that are very talented are a bit creepy - Mt. Zion, Victory. All small odd schools that while cranking out hoops players, DO sacrifice academics. There is a chance he could look at a Ravenscroft (Ryan Kelly from Duke), Christ School (Plumlees from Duke) or Forsyth CD (Tyler Lewis headed to NC State) but those kids are really more of anomalies and none of them are really powerhouses for basketball. There are some good public high school teams here too but HS basketball is managed very tightly here. There rarely are super teams because the transfer rules are tight. His aunt lives in Durham and there certainly are some good teams but nothing really amazing. He might as well stay home if he's considering that. Most likely scenario is a private school with a lot of elite talent and a high level schedule so he can really develop. Oak Hill in Virginia is an excellent academically rigorous and almost everyone on their team signs a D1 scholarship. It's not far from NC, they play several games against NC teams and even one in Chapel Hill. UNC already has one future player there who left his HS his senior year to focus on getting better. Oak Hill is a boarding school so the kids really focus on learning and hoops.

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