Fitzner has long list of suitors

Evan Fitzner has several schools pursuing him. Where does the 2014 San Diego big man stand in his recruiting process?

One of the better four men out west in 2014 is 6-foot-10, 210-pound San Diego Francis Parker power forward Evan Fitzner.

The junior was impressive at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, drawing the following evaluation:

A talented pick and pop four man, Fitzner spends a lot of time on the perimeter but he can really shoot it. He had his three-point shot working against Salesian, but also competed a bit more in the post than he's displayed in the past, and has clearly worked on a right-handed hook that he knocked down a couple times. Fitzner played hard on defense and did a nice job on the glass. The more post stuff he can add to his game the better, but there aren't a lot of high major four man candidates out west in 2014 and Fitzner is definitely one of the better prospects at the position.

Fitzner is happy with the progress in his game and says he's been working to take it to the next level.

"I've gotten better at handling the ball and I'm a little more confident in the post but I still need to keep working on that," Fitzner said. "I feel like my post game has come along. I'm working on my shot a lot. Having a pull-up jumper would be a pretty big asset in the future."

Scholarship offers have come from California, San Diego, New Mexico, Hawaii, Portland, USC, Colorado, Oregon State and Rice, with interest from Saint Mary's, Stanford, Arizona State and Harvard.

After the season, Fitzner hopes to see at least a few schools on unofficial visits.

"I think I want to go to up to Northern California and check out all those schools, like Saint Mary's, California and Stanford," he said.

As of now, there are no leaders, and Fitzner is trying to determine when he wants to make a decision.

"I'm keeping it wide open right now," Fitzner said. "I'm focusing on having a good high school season. I'm trying to decide if I want to wait until after this season or after club season. I'll probably start to narrow it down after this season."

Fitzner has a pretty good idea of what he'll be looking for in a school.

"It will be a combination of a bunch of different things," he said. "Good coaching, good academics, and a place I feel I can take my game to the next level."

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