Harrison Schaen visit set

Harrison Schaen is a 6-9 forward who plays basketball for Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. and one of the most sought after players in the country. But Schaen is much more than a basketball player, he's a great student student and he's an entrepreneur.

Schaen''s father, Lionel, teaches television station management at USC, so Harrison has been encouraged to be a diligent in the classroom and he has excelled in the classroom to the point that Princeton and other Ivy League schools are actively rectuiting him.

Shaen also has a very creative mind. In fact, Schaen has launched two businesses - a clothing design company and a web company that designs logos for other businesses. Most of his clients are in the entertainment business.

Now back to the purpose of this story.

Schaen has scheduled an official campus visit to the University of Arizona the weekend of May 3. Whereas most basketball players are concerned with the dynamics of the basketball team - its head coach, the style of play and how much immediate playing time might be available - Schaen is just as concerned about the academic quality of the institution he may attend.

"I'm interested in looking at class size and the graduation rate," Schaen said. "I want to see the dorms and the study areas. I want to look at what they have to offer. I want to major in business, so all that is important."

Schaen says Stanford and Arizona might be considered the favorites, but he wants to look at many schools before making any decision.

"USC, San Diego State, Cal and some Ivy League Schools are all showing some interest," Schaen says. "I really don't know how interested I am in Princeton or Yale. It's not really who I am. You get a great education, but I'm not into the cold and snow. I'm a West Coast guy. I want to get a good education, but I also want to have a good time at school. I don't know if I can do that at Princeton."

Although Schaen is focused on his education, basketball is still important and he wants to play for a winner.

"I lover everything about Lute Olson," Schaen said. "He told me I'd fit in great with the team. I can play out on the wing a little or on the inside and he said my game would fit in great (at Arizona)."

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