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Duke Basketball Recruiting – Brad Beal has recieved the call

Brad Beal scores his 29th point - BDN Photo
Brad Beal scores his 29th point - BDN Photo

Brad Beal caught the eye of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski during the LeBron James Skills Academy a week ago.  That put Beal high on the list of 2011 prospects for the Devils, who continued to watch him during the Nike Peach Jam.  In fact Coach K and one assistant were front and center for two of his games, and a Duke assistant was in place for the rest of his games.

Beal is a well rounded player who understands the game of basketball. There are few weaknesses in his game at his young age and has steadily climbed to recruiting rankings into a top ten spot.  Beal first caught my eye during the Boo Williams Invitational, where I took in two of his games.

When on the court for his AAU team, the St. Louis Hawks, Beal wears number 23, but his favorite college player growing up was JJ Redick.  During the Peach Jam he was playing well, but foul trouble made his second to last game the worst I had seen him play.  But he bounced back for a 29 point, 10 rebound, 4 assist, 4 steal effort in his teams final victory.

After watching this kid play, it didn’t take me long to realize that this guy has some skill, so we’ve followed him ever sense.  In fact, we were the first Duke site to ever mention Beal and secured the first interview with him.  Our staff now seen Beal play 9 times, so we can break down his game for you.  In fact, BDN has seen all Duke prospects numerous times, thus we can give you a “true” first hand account .  I mean, would you rather hear about Andre Dawkins from someone who has seen him play in 23 games, or someone who goes on hearsay?  That’s what makes BDN Premium the clear choice for Duke Basketball fans.

The following interview is our fourth with the Beal – [private]

You really got into a lot of foul trouble in the previous game, fouling out with like eight minutes of play?

I really couldn’t get involved out there in the game at all with the fouls.  I felt as though I really let my team down but there really wasn’t a lot I could do.  There were a few bad calls but I just have to fight through and really play through it.

You really bounced back in a big way with a double-double of 29-10.  Did you feel like you had to come out and prove something after the last game?

Yeah, I did.  I mean we lost a gam earlier and we were all down and depressed about that.  Coach told us not to worry about this game and just keep playing.  And that’s what we wanted to do, finish up strong in our last game.

Where does Brad Beal go from here?  What are your thoughts with the process.  You have said Florida was one of the leaders, but Duke seems to be hot on you now.  I mean, we keep hearing Florida is in pretty good with you.  Is there a chance that Duke might spark your interest and get into the fray?

It’s possible.  I am open to them right now, but all the schools that were in there from the beginning, they are in there.  They were in it early, but Duke seems to just now be coming in.

So, you appreciate the schools that have been on you for a long time or from the start?

Yeah, I do because they took the time to come out and watch me early as a freshman, so I really respect that from the coaches.

Your mom mentioned that you had a lot of brothers go to school away from home, so distance is not a big factor ..?

No, not at all.  My brother goes to school in Illinois and my older brother goes to school in Alabama so we are used to being aways from home, so it is no big deal.

Tell me a little about your high school and what it is like?

It’s a college prep school.

So, education is a pretty big deal for you?

Yes, it really is.

You are too young to have taken entry tests, but how about your GPA?

It’s a 3.8.

What are your favorite subjects?

Science and math courses.

What makes Brad Beal tick off the court or when you are away from basketball?

It’s kind of hard being away from basketball.  If I am, I am just hanging around the house with my family.

Is family big for you?

Yes, it really is.

Your Mom said she was stunned by all the colleges coming out to see you.  Did you envision this happening or did you know you would garner this kind of attention and was it a goal for you?

Yeah, it really was.  I wanted to prove myself to all the kids who were ranked above me.  I was low and not really as known before and I just wanted to show everybody I could shoot and play as well as they can.

Have you ever given any thought to what you want to take in college or is it too early for that?

Probably, Sports Medicine.

You have aspirations for the NBA, is that correct?

Yes sir.

Who do you pattern your game after in the NBA and college?

Probably Ray Allen and Kobe.  Ray Allen in the way he shoots the ball and Kobe in his aggressiveness.

Did you grow up watching college ball?

Yeas, I like college a lot.  It’s more exciting.  For some reason it’s faster than the NBA.

I appreciate your time.

Thank you.

In a brief chat with Beal he said that Coach K called him on Wednesday evening and that Duke would start recruiting him and they were now in the top four schools.  BDN will have more on this later and we will also bring you an interview with Beal prior to this one.  His mom was excited to see Coach K in attendance and mentioned that she hope Brad would change his mind about an early decision and hear what Duke had to say.  She then mentioned Brad grew up a Duke fan.  Tlak about this article on the BDN Premium message board.

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BDN Premium Duke Basketball Recruiting Update

Andre Dawkins, copyright BDN photo
Andre Dawkins, copyright BDN photo

Harrison Barnes will not compete in any other AAU events.  He will attend the Nike Global Challenge and the event at Rucker Park.   I spoke with Barnes and while [private] I feel he will likely make his visits, Duke is in very good shape and is undoubtedly the team to beat.

Coach K, Collins and Wojo were front and center for his every move and you could see the occasionally glance.  Barnes said some really good things about the program which I will cover later.  Roy Williams came in late for his first game and any Tar Heels thinking they have a shot at him are fooling themselves.  It is evident that Roy got in this one to try to derail Duke, but his ploys will not work this time.

It’s almost sickening to see the media outlets all try to be his mom’s best friend, but she seems to be enjoying the process.  Former Duke Assistant Johnny Dawkins sat beside me for one of his games and he covets the could be savior.  Dawkins has a good relationship with Barnes and his mom, but it’ll be an uphill battle to get him there.

Interestingly, publications like Prep Stars talk of offers with Stanford.  Dawkins read their publication and got a laugh for kids have to first apply at Stanford and be admitted before they can be offered the ride.  This makes for some tough recruiting for the former Duke great, but he is plugging away.

When the staff goes to these events, it’s all business, but they do take some time out for the K alumni.  Capel sat with Coach K and Wojo for a bit as did Harvard’s Kenney Blakeney, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and the aforementioned Dawkins.  Coach K commented that Michael Gilchrist is the best player in all of high school basketball.

That makes for a good segue in that many have asked if Duke had interest in Gilchrist.  Well, the answer is yes, but who doesn’t.  Coach K made sure he was front and center for two of Team Final’s games and a Duke assistant attended every one until late in the third day of the Peach Jam event.

Coach K has talked with Gilchrist and was seen talking with World Wide Wes.  He has also been talking with Gilchrist’s mom about her son, so there is a relationship building.  In an attempted interview, Gilchrist’s mom shut out the media not allowing her son to talk of the recruiting process which pretty much ended it all right there.  Stay tuned for more details, but it is fair to say that landing Gilchrist will not be easy.

Regardless of many saying the Andre Dawkins rumors were making the rounds there, I ran into plenty of people who did not know and I sure as heck didn’t tell them.  I remained for Dawkins’ final game where he showed his capabilities going for a camp high 36 points.  There will likely be some sort of official announcement forthcoming.  There were plenty of loose ends that needed to be tied but will supposedly fall into place and AD has suddenly become a Duke darling for his recruiting prowess and the possibility of him joining a team in desperate need of a three point shooter, athlete and guard.  Still, no more comparisons to Redick and unrealistic expectations please.  Andre will help but he is still young and has a lot to learn.  Again, somebody wanted this out there and it has not yet been officially cleared by the NCAA.

Brad Beal caught Coach K’s attention – enough so, to where he watched him play twice.  Beal is telling many that he will end the process early without official visits, but his mom is singing a different tune.  In fact, she told BDN that she hoped he would allow Duke in and that it was exciting to see Coach K watching her son.

I am not ready to comment much about Austin Rivers, but he is letting it be known he is still a Gator to media types.  However, Rivers slipped and said that he would attend some camps and that his Dad wanted him to make sure UF was the right place for him.  “If Florida is the right place, then I will know after some visits,” said Rivers.  This is a sensitive issue that will have to play out.  In the same interview, Rivers said he hope Beal would come to UF and the two of them are good friends from the AAU circuit. (I will not take questions on this for now.)

Duke assistants Wojo and Collins left the Peach Jam to go to West Virginia where they took in the play of Kyrie Irving.  Duke feels really good about Irving and Barnes and for what it is worth, I do too.  Irving may not be playing in Orlando now, we’ll see.

Then there is Roscoe Smith.  You may remember me telling you that Smith claimed an offer.  Well, why would Duke deny it?  It doesn’t hurt them to let this one go, but in reality, Smith is a bit of a long shot.

Duke continues to look at the class of 2011 but no names will emerge until after this AAU season, save Quincy Miller who has an offer.  There are some names being tossed around but I will wait and give you a definitive list in September.

Duke will also continue to look at Ray McCallum and Brandon Knight.  After the Elite Camp in August, the dust will clear and a picture should start to develop and help answer a lot of questions.

Finally, a new name for 2010 is Dwight Powell.  His diary is here and he stands 6-9, 215 and plays for Grassroots Canada.  Duke is showing some interest.  It’s early on this one, but he caught a few folks eyes during the LeBron James Skills Academy. [/private]

Peach Jam Day 3 Report – Andre Dawkins tosses in 36 points, but Boo Williams falls short

Andre Dawkins had a 36 point 9 rebound effort during today's Peach Jam action - BDN Photo
Andre Dawkins had a 36 point 9 rebound effort during today's Peach Jam action - BDN Photo

Andre Dawkins torched the nets for 36 points and added 9 rebounds but his Boo Williams team was no match for talent laden Team Final.  Team Final is of course led by Michael Gilchrist, but his 13 points and 8 rebounds were not the main factor in a 101-74 victory.  Tyreak Duran and Trevor Cooney scored 52 points together and Rakeem Christmas contributed with 12 points as Team Final moved to the next round.

It is worth noting that Team Final won that game as well 92-77 over California Supreme.  Gilchrist went for 14 points and 11 boards in that game and Cooney and Christmas added 20 points apiece.  Team Final will play Team Florida in the semi finals tomorrow and will play the winner of the Albany City Rocks – All Ohio Red.

Earlier in the day, Harrison Barnes and Howard Pulley were sent packing.  Barnes had another amazing game in a standing room only audience scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to go with 2 steals.

BDN talked with Barnes after the game [private] and you will get the lowdown as the week goes on.  Barnes will only play in two more events, none of which are on the AAU circuit.  He will attend the Nike Global Challenge and the Rumble in the Bronx in Rucker Park. Coaches watching Barnes were Wojo and Collins, Roy Williams, Billy Donovan, John Calipari, Bill Self and Johnny Dawkins.

Tobias Harris has cemented his name and will rise on all of the gurus charts.  His 27 points helped Albany to the semi finals.  Jarren Sullinger(21 points 8 boards)  and All Ohio Red sent Each One Teach on packing.  Austin Rivers had 10 points and 4 assists.  In the previous game, Rivers scored 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists leading his team to a win over Houston Hoops.

Finally, Brad Beal redeemed himself in a big way with a stat stuffing performance.  Beal talked with BDN for a second time after the game and mentioned that he took fouling out with 2 points hard.  Beal’s impressive numbers were 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals.

That’s it for now, but we will have plenty more to come as the week goes on.  One last note, Chris Spatola came in and took Wojo and Collins place as the duo headed to West Virginia. [/private]

2011 Prospect Brad Beal grew up a Duke Basketball Fan

Brad Beal, BDN Photo
Brad Beal, BDN Photo

Brad Beal is a 6’3” shooting guard from Chaminade high school in St. Louis, Missouri. As a sophomore, he led the Red Devils to the Missouri state title and was named all-state. After the season, Beal tried out for the United States under-sixteen developmental team in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He made the team and traveled to Argentina for the 2009 FIBA U-16 Championship. Once again, Beal was the leading scorer for the team and led the USA with twenty-six points to a gold medal in the championship game over host team, Argentina. Not surprisingly, the Missouri native has become one of the most coveted prospects in the 2011 class and a consensus top ten prospect

At the King City Classic in Cleveland, Beal sat down with Blue Devil Nation to discuss a variety of topics, including his recent winning international experience, the advantages of being a cerebral basketball player, and provided a scouting report on Duke recruit Quincy Miller.

Blue Devil Nation: Can you talk about your experiences with the USA team?

Brad Beal: It was a really good experience. It was a talented team. We all played hard and together. It was one of the best experiences for me.

Blue Devil Nation: You were the leading scorer and the team had to win over the host, Argentina, in the Gold Medal game. The fans were reportedly going crazy during the game and throwing things after the game. It must’ve been an wild experience.

Brad Beal: It was crazy. Every call, like, every bad call, they would boo us and [private] they would start throwing stuff at us as we were pulling away. They were real supportive fans of their country, though. They never gave up. It was a really interesting experience.

Blue Devil Nation: What were the tryouts like in Colorado? Talk about that time spent out there.

Brad Beal: It was really intense, man. There were a limited amount of players and the players were going after it and the coaches were pushing us.

BDN: Did you guys bond over time spent together in two countries?

BBeal: Oh, yeah, we got along really well and hung out in the dorms together.

BDN: All you had was each other in Argentina.

BBeal: Right, right, we would joke around and we would take little trips around together.

Blue Devil Nation: Who’s the toughest competitor that you’ve gone against?

Brad Beal: Probably Austin Rivers. He’s a real good point guard and he’s tough to match up against.

Blue Devil Nation: What is your greatest strength right now?

Brad Beal: My offensive ability overall. My ability to create my own shot, get other players involved, and rebound on both ends of the court.

Blue Devil Nation: In terms of Chaminade, you just won the state title. You were the leading scorer and made all-state as a sophomore. Can you talk about your season, which culminated in you dominating in the championship game?

Brad Beal: Well, with my school team, coach just told me to play hard and, last summer, he told me I was going to have to make a big impact because we lost a lot of guys actually. He told me what to do and so I just did it.

BDN: You went from being a nine point scorer as a freshman to a twenty-four point scorer.

BBeal: Yeah, well, my freshman year team was pretty stacked. I wasn’t really worried about scoring, but, by the next year, we didn’t have too many scorers. So, I had to go out there and get us some points.

Blue Devil Nation: Is there any pressure to play for Florida on you, with David Lee’s dad working as an assistant coach on your Chaminade team?

Brad Beal: No, not really. He just kind of tells me the pros and cons of Florida and tells me things about Coach Donovan.

Blue Devil Nation: Can you talk about how you chose Chaminade over your local public school? What are the facilities like and how have you embraced the challenges academically?

Brad Beal: Well, I chose it over another private school that my brothers went to. I wanted to be different than them.

BDN: These are the brothers that played college football.

BBeal: Yes, they went to a different school in the same conference.

BDN: Which one was that?

BBeal: Vianney

BDN: Oh, sure. Were they upset with you for going down a different path?

BBeal: No, they weren’t too upset, but they’re coach was pretty mad. (laughs)

BDN: What are the facilities like there? I heard they were pretty good.

BBeal: Oh, yeah. We’ve got a nice gym and a comfortable place to work out. We have a really aggressive strength coach. He gets after us.

BDN: He must. I see you have a large tat on your left gun over there.

Blue Devil Nation: What aspects of your game can you work on during the AAU season that you cannot work on at Chaminade? How does it differentiate?

Brad Beal: My quickness…like my lateral quickness. I’m able to work on my defense and pressure up on the ball much more.

Blue Devil Nation: Can you talk about the experience of having to take on a leadership role at a such a relatively young age and how it worked in terms of locker room dynamics?

Brad Beal: Right, right, players really started to look up to me this season. I was prepared to take on the role so it really wasn’t a big deal to me.

BDN: Who are some players you try to emulate?

BBeal: Ray Allen. I like to watch the way he shoots off of screens.

BDN: Where have you visited so far?

BBeal: Illinois, Purdue, Kansas, Florida, Missouri, and St. Louis

BDN: What position are they recruiting you as? Shooting guard exclusively or as a combo guard?

BBeal: Yeah, combo for some, but mostly shooting guard. I can play the point or the two or the three…whichever position you want to put me at.

Blue Devil Nation: Some articles have talked about your grades, what do you feel are some of the advantages of being a “smart basketball player?”

Brad Beal: Usually, I think, like, my IQ is real high. I can see the floor. I know different aspects of the game and what to do in certain situations.

BDN: You think you can pick up concepts a little faster and, perhaps, see a play ahead in certain situations.

BBeal: Right, right

Blue Devil Nation: In previous articles, you come across as a pretty cerebral kid. How do you feel about early commitments? Do you feel there is a certain age before which a kid shouldn’t be offered a scholarship? If you were a coach, when would you begin recruiting a player?

Brad Beal: It’s on the coaches. If they see a kid that they really like as a freshman or a sophomore, than they should be allowed to offer the kid. On the other side, the kids have to really smart not to jump on the offer right away just because it might be shock to them if the coach leaves or if something happens.

Blue Devil Nation: Do you still view it as early in your overall recruitment?

Brad Beal: Yeah, now, at first, Kansas was the first school to offer me and I was, like, wow. Then, I thought well maybe more and more schools are going to come. I thought I should wait it out and see all the offers I get first before I make any decisions.

BDN: After your playing career is over, either in college or in a professional league, have you thought about what you’d like to do with the rest of your life?

BBeal: I would probably like to be a trainer and maybe get into sports medicine.

BDN: Are there any new teams involved?

BBeal: No, not really?

Blue Devil Nation: Did you have a favorite, as a kid?

Brad Beal: I really liked Duke coming up and J.J. Redick.

BDN: Are they recruiting you?

BBeal: I believe…they probably will, but I haven’t heard anything just yet

Blue Devil Nation: Whenever you do decide on a college, what are the most important factors that will go into your decision?

Brad Beal: The coaching staff and the players and how well they play as a team…and how much of a family atmosphere they have there, how much the players like the fans, and how the fans are. You know if they really support the players and stuff.

BDN: Have your brothers encouraged you to go to any school?

BBeal: No, not really. They help me also, along with my mom and dad.

BDN: Who will be the people that you turn to when you ultimately decide on a college?

BBeal: My parents. My family more than anything really

BDN: Did they play also?

BBeal: Yeah, they both played basketball.

Blue Devil Nation: For those in the audience that haven’t seen you play, can you give the audience a scouting report on you?

Brad Beal: They say don’t let me shoot. They play box-and-ones.

BDN: Watch the three-point shot?

BBeal: Yeah, exactly, get the ball out of my hands because I can square up from anywhere.

BDN: How’s your mid-range game right now?

BBeal: Yeah, I do. I feel comfortable taking a player off of the dribble and pulling up for a jump shot.

Blue Devil Nation: What would you like the audience to know about you away from the court?

Brad Beal: I’m a good guy. I can be funny at times and I get along with players really well.

BDN: So you’re a good teammate?

BBeal: Yes. I always try to be.

BDN: Have you met LeBron James yet?

BBeal: No, I didn’t have a chance to yet.

BDN: Well, hopefully they can give you a chance later. What style of play do you feel your game is best suited towards?

BBeal: I like to play up-and-down.

BDN: Have any of the Duke coaches communicated with you?

BBeal: Well, I haven’t anything yet

Blue Devil Nation: What are your impressions of Coach Krzyzewski from afar?

Brad Beal: He’s a really good coach. He’s been coaching for a really long time and he really knows the game of basketball

Blue Devil Nation What are your impressions of Duke, both as a university and as a basketball program?

Brad Beal: It’s a really good school. They recruit really well and they’ve developed some really good ballplayers. I’m going to start considering them also.

BDN: Forgive me, but what is that verse Philippians 4:13 on your left arm?

BBeal: It’s a scripture that I try to read before each game.

BDN: And what does the passage say?

BBeal: It says “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

Blue Devil Nation: How do you feel you’ve performed this spring?

Brad Beal: I feel I played pretty well today. In the first game, I feel I should’ve been more assertive and then I came alive in the second game. I think I started to show what I’m capable of. I’ve done really well and my team, the St. Louis Eagles, in the AAU events this spring. I’ve helped my team go to the championships or the final four in a few different tournaments.

BDN: Do you prefer to catch-and-shoot or would you rather shoot off of the dribble?

BBeal: I can do both, but I love to spot up. Then again, if someone’s on me, I can go around him.

Jody Demling: How have you dealt with the attention that has come upon you?

BBeal: I just don’t let it get to my head. I just thank God for the blessings he’s given me.

Jody Demling: But it’s pretty cool, isn’t it?

BBeal: Yeah, it is.

Jody Demling -Do you ever look at the rankings?

BBeal: Not really. I’ve looked at them, but I try not to pay attention to them and let them affect me.

BDN: What schools are coming after you the hardest?

BBeal: I’d say Kansas, Florida, and Illinois.

Blue Devil Nation: Can you give a scouting report on Quincy Miller?

Brad Beal: Sure, he’s a big man slash guard. He’s a freak athletically. He can take his man outside and take him one-on-one off the dribble or he can post up and take his man in the post. So, he’s a really tough guy to defend.

BDN: Had you ever played with him before today?

BBeal: No, I hadn’t.

Blue Devil Nation: In an event like this, do you find it difficult at all to mesh quickly as a team as well as establish and distinguish yourself?

Brad Beal: Somewhat, like, to some people it is, but I just try to go out and show them that I can be just as competitive as they are.

BDN: Thank you, Brad.

BBeal: Thanks. [/private]

Recruiting Focus – Brad Beal is the real deal!

Brad Beal - BDN Photo
Brad Beal - BDN Photo

Every now and then there is a prospect who suddenly commands attention and that certainly applies to Brad Beal.  Some of you might be saying, “Who is Brad Beal?”  While a few folks in recruiting circles know of the 2011 youngster, there seem to be a great many who have yet to see Beal in action.  I mean, the Boo Williams Invitational rosters even have his named spelled ‘Beel’ and when mentioning his name to some over the weekend, they’d ask me, “Who?”

Part of the reason for Beal’s former anonymity is due to the fact that as a freshman he averaged just 8.5 ppg.   But this past season Beal broke into the limelight by averaging 23.5 PPG, not to mention a 30 point effort in the state championship game.  In fact, Beal scored 26 points in the fourth quarter of another game in the regular season and ended the contest with 52.

The rising junior stands 6′-3″ and weighs a solid 175 and is still growing.  [private] Many of the services have Beal listed as a shooting guard but, make no mistake, he possesses that rare ability to find the open man.  As I watched Beal, he impressed me with his ability to share the ball with his teammates despite his scoring prowess.

Beal would lead his teammates perfectly on the break, throwing them the ball where they could make the play by leading them to the basket.  He could thread a needle with his passing and is very quick with the ball.  Beal has a pull-up jumper to go with his knack for taking the ball to the rack for a dunk.  A dangerous player in the open court, Beal always seemed to make the right decision this weekend.

It’s amazing how far ahead of the curve this young man’s game is compared with those in his class.  He can drain the three, play good on-ball defense and fill the passing lanes.  He’s a tweener in the best sense of the word, for he can run the point with ease.

While Beal may not be a household name to the recruiting public, he has already garnered the attention of Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.  Each of those schools have offered and many more pitches are on the way.  The sky is the limit for this youngster and whether Duke gets involved remains to be seen, but it’s highly likely that if the staff catches his games, they’ll like him.

After all, St. Louis has been good to the Devils, giving them former player and head team manager Chris Carrawell.  Stay tuned for more recruiting news from BDN Premium and enjoy the interview below where one comment is sure to stand out.  Trust me, you will hear the name Brad Beal in the future.

That was a tough loss out there, but you did everything you could to get your team to the championship game.  You had 29 points out there and are quite the scorer.  Where did that come from?

It’s just the way I play.  The past couple of games I’ve been shooting the ball well, but knew I would have to shoot even better in the championship game.

Where did you learn you basketball skills?

My Mom.  Mainly my mom, because she always pushed me.  I”ve been working out since I was in, like, the third grade.

You’re obviously close to your Mom.  Will she play a big role in your decision when the time comes?

Somewhat.  She supports me 100% so wherever I want to go she’s fine with it.  She just tries to develop the relationships with coaches just like I do.

If somebody had never seen you play, how would you describe your game?

Real smooth and calm on the court.  I don’t let a lot of things effect me and play as hard as I can every game.

You seem aggressive as well.  I saw where you are not afraid to get on the floor to fight for loose balls.  It seems like you are really able to find open guys too, leading them just right.  Is that something you work on a lot, your passing ability?

Yeah, I do, because I like to get my teammates involved – I’m not a selfish ball player.  I, like, to try to get everybody involved, that way everybody gets into the game and then we get up and down faster and score points.

Rumor has it that you are a heavy Florida lean, is that true?

Maybe, but I’m not sure right now.

Can you give me a list of schools which are showing interest?

Kansas, Florida, Villanova, Illinois, Purdue, Missouri are some of them.

Are you open to other schools coming in?

Yeah.

Do you have a time line on trimming the list?

I’m not sure yet.  I’m hoping to make it soon but not too soon.

Do you have aspirations to play in the NBA?

Yeah.  I know I have a long ways to go so I’ve got to work hard to achieve my goal.

Do you pattern your game or is there any particular player you watch?

Kobe for his ego and ability to score when it’s on the line.  LeBron is great.  Ray Allen can shoot …

Did you have a dream school growing up?

I liked … not really.  Whoever has the most dominant team every year I usually choose them.

Who were you going to say you used to like?

Probably Duke because of JJ Redick.  I used to always watch him shoot.

What if Duke came into the picture, would you be open to them?

I would be open to Duke and any other school,

How are your grades?

I have a 3.8 GPA

Where will your team go from here?

We go to Arkansas next weekend and I know we are going to the Peach Jam.

Thanks for your time and good luck in your basketball future.

Thank you. [/private]