Schilling emerging out of Findlay

Gavin Schilling's move from Illinois to Nevada is proving to be successful, as the 2013 Findlay Prep power forward's recruitment and game are both taking off.

The move from Chicago De La Salle to Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep is paying off for 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward Gavin Schilling.

The 2013 prospect has received rave reviews from those who have watched Findlay Prep practice this fall, and on Wednesday in a game against Future College Prep at Staples Center, Schilling proved that the hype was substantiated.

Schilling has a terrific frame for a post, is a very good athlete, played hard, was physical in the paint, showed some impressive footwork, rebounded, defended, had soft touch around the basket, scored on a right-handed hook shot and used his athleticism for some big time dunks.

He missed a left-handed hook shot, but looked comfortable shooting it, and considering this was just one viewing, his offensive arsenal is probably even a little more advanced than he displayed.

The senior is happy with the progress he's made in his game since arriving at Findlay.

"I spent a lot of time at Findlay working on my game and it's paying off for me," Schilling said. "I'm improving a lot."

While Schilling is happy with the player he is right now, he's also knows some areas to improve at.

"I'm a powerful guy; I like to rebound," he said. "I like to step out to 15 feet, I can get to the basket and I can post up. I need to work on my shooting, my ball handling and my overall game in general, but those are the two main things."

Schilling's school list is only going to get bigger before it gets shorter, but he named a handful of the schools that he's hearing from.

"I have a long list and haven't narrowed anything down," Schilling said. "A lot of schools are coming after me; UCLA, DePaul, Missouri, Villanova, Arizona, Oregon State, USC and Minnesota are some of the schools on my list."

So far, Schilling has officially visited Minnesota and unofficially tripped to USC, both of which he enjoyed.

"Tubby Smith is a great coach and I enjoyed my visit over there; it was nice," Schilling said.

"At USC I saw the facilities and they were nice. Coach (Kevin) O'Neill is a good guy and I want to major in International Business and they have a good program for that."

Another school pushing for Schilling is UCLA, and he's liked what he's heard from the Bruins.

"I like UCLA's basketball tradition; how well they've done in the past," he said. "Coach (Ben) Howland is a nice guy. My boy Allerik Freeman is going to be going there so that's a plus too."

Despite the increased attention, Schilling is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'm going to play out the season and make my decision in the spring," he said. "I'll sign in April. I'd like to take the rest of my visits after the season."

As for which schools will receive visits, nothing is set in stone.

"No school is really standing out to me to the point where I know I want to visit them at this point," Schilling said.

When the spring arrives and Schilling is ready to sit down and choose a school, he'll look carefully at three different factors.

"Number one, I'm looking for a great academic system that has my major," Schilling said. "Second, a good style of play and how I fit into it. Third, a great relationship with the coaching staff."

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