There aren’t many players in 2016 that have helped their stock as much as of late than Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei center M.J. Cage.
The 6-foot-10, 220-pound four-star prospect took a bit of a different approach this summer, but was still impressive.
“I did not play as much this summer as I did last year,” Cage said. “I decided to train and work on improving my game. I want to improve my dribbling, because I want to be able to bring the ball up if I need to.
“Also, I want to work on not being strictly a post-up player because I want to create more scoring opportunities.”
Cage has been able to show off different parts of his game and expects to do the same now that Stanley Johnson has moved on to college.
“I have to become more of a scoring option for this team,” he said. “Last year it was mostly Stanley on offense, but this year I am going to get the ball more and be more involved offensively.”
Coaches have noticed Cage’s improvement and he has also noticed their presence at his games.
“It’s exciting to see all of the coaches that you watch when you are younger,” Cage said. “I try not to focus on that, I just try to play my game and do the little things that impress my coaches.”
It’s no surprise that Cage has picked up some more offers, but he can point to three schools as recruiting him the most aggressively.
“I am starting to get more offers and my newest ones are Oregon and Arizona State,” he said. “Right now Arizona, SDSU, and Kentucky are recruiting me the hardest.
“Arizona tells me they can get me the ball and they will have good guards that are able to get me the ball in good position. I might visit Arizona in August, but nothing is scheduled.”
As Cage looks at Arizona and the other schools involved, he has a good idea of what he wants in a college.
“I want a school that will run through its bigs and will present the best opportunity for me to develop for the next level,” he said.