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Class of 2013 Findlay Prep (NV) power forward Gavin Schilling has seen his stock rise as much as any post player in the nation this season. After transferring to the prep power from Chicago, Schilling has taken his game to new heights. That has translated on the recruiting trail. Next Wednesday, March 20 Schilling will make his college announcement.
He tells us he has narrowed it down to UCLA, Minnesota, Villanova, and Michigan State. Schilling broke down what he likes about each program beginning with UCLA.
“At UCLA I like the tradition. I like the business program there because that’s what I want to study and its top 30 in the country. They are saying they are in need of a player like me for next season that can especially rebound since that’s what they are lacking this season. They also like my versatility so that’s another thing that can help me make an impact right away.”
What stands out about Minnesota?
“At Minnesota there’s a good situation for me because Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams are both leaving. They need to replace them right away with someone. I like Coach Smith and the way he develops his bigs. They compare me to Kris Humphries who came through Minnesota and say I have some similarities.”
Next up is Villanova.
“At Villanova they also have a good situation for me to play right now with Mouphtaou Yarou leaving. The whole team is like a family over there and they just all come together even with the coaching staff. I’m close with them and Coach Wright. Life after basketball is emphasized there and that’s important to me and their business program is also top 30 in the country. Coach Wright likes versatile players who can run with guards and that’s what I am.”
The final school on his list is Michigan State.
“Their program is a winning one. What Coach Izzo has done there is amazing. He is a player’s type of coach that spends much time with the team on the court getting his players better as well as off the court. I like Coach Izzo’s style of play and I like the Big Ten style of play. I have a good chance to make an impact as a freshman. The business program is also top of the line and the school is close to home.”
Right now Schilling plans to announce his decision on his twitter @GSchills32.