Budinger trims his list

The extremely mobile and versatile big man showed off an ability to finish and shoot the ball from deep Friday night at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Budinger scored 11 of his So-Cal. All-Star teams first 14 points, and finished with 33 on the night.

The La Costa Canyon HS product scored just about every way possible against an inferior Alabama Challenge squad. Budinger started it off right away dunking the ball no more than five seconds into the game. Then mixed in a three-pointer before dunking the ball a few more times.

His ability to handle the ball and drive, mix it up inside, and shoot the ball makes him a very good player. In his game against the Challenge I can only remember one missed shot attempt. Budinger stayed in control the whole game and was very smooth.

So who are the players in Budinger's recruitment?

"I've pretty much narrowed it down to three choices right now," Budinger responded. "Arizona, UCLA, and USC."

While each school is recruiting him very hard, there are certain things that school brings to the table.

"They all have different things. Arizona is always a good team and I like how they play," Budinger said. "UCLA is a great school and they are rebuilding right now, and they have volleyball. And USC they are becoming a new team, they have great facilities and they are a great school academically."

It sounds like with Budinger that proximity is going to be a factor and that's one reason he likes his final three schools.

"I just want to stay on the West coast and in the Pac-10."

Budinger is also a very good volleyball player and there is a possibility that he could play both basketball and volleyball in college. But that will only happen if he picks a particular school.

"It depends where I go," Budinger said when asked about his volleyball future. "If I go to UCLA then yeah, I will. If I go to Arizona I probably won't."

After the Bob Gibbons TOC this weekend, he will begin taking his official visits. His first is at UCLA next weekend and then will visit Arizona the following weekend.

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