Pete getting early attention

Forward Nick Pete may not be a familiar name to some, but that will change sooner than later. Read on to see what schools have started to recruit Pete, where Arizona stands, and more.

When the Compton Magic 15 AAU team takes the floor, most of the attention is on prospect Cameron Walker. However, his teammate and fellow freshman Nick Pete is slowly gaining interest from some major schools as well.

This past weekend at the Elite 8 in the Desert basketball tournament, the Tahquitz (Calif.) forward showed off his athleticism by blocking a few shots, altering others, and even stepping out to hit a long jump shot. The freshman is 6-foot-7, but hopes that he can sharpen his skills so that he can play shooting guard or small forward at the next level.

"I want to be a fifty-percent three point shooter," Pete said. "If I can do that and improve my ball handling, I'd like to be a two or three. I really think that ball control is my biggest weakness right now.

"The schools that are recruiting me, right now they're recruiting me as a small forward."

Pete has heard from Arizona, Texas Tech, UNLV and USC. He doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, but admitted that USC has talked to him the most in the past few months and that he has talked to all of its coaches.

"They haven't offered me yet, but they said that they really like the way I play," Pete said. "They want to keep close contact with me for the next couple years."

Pete says that Arizona has also shown initial interest.

"My coach talked to them and he told me they like the way I block shots," Pete said.

Pete is approaching the summer with the mindset of improving.

"My goal for the summer is to just improve all my skills," he said. "Especially defense, ball handling and shooting."

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