Basketball Guard Looking at AU, Others

Recruiting analyst Dave Telep has a report on a talented basketball player looking at the Tigers.

Central City, Ky.-- Patrick Sparks doesn't sound like he has been able to come to a conclusion with his recruitment. The former Western Kentucky guard has been busy with visits, but slow to conclude the process.

It's not any easier the second time around for former Western Kentucky sophomore guard Patrick Sparks. "It's really hard to decide. I'm looking at everything and trying to make the right decision for me. It's not getting any easier the longer it goes."

Patrick Sparks

Sparks has been busy visiting schools this spring. He's been to Oklahoma State and Kentucky officially. He tripped to Louisville on his own dime. Kansas, Ohio State and Georgia remain in the mix.

Surely it would be hard for an in-state kid to say no to an an in-state school, right? "I don't know," Sparks said. "There's a lot of different factors to look at. Louisville has a lot of young great guards. They are recruiting more out of high school. Kentucky doesn't even have a scholarship so I'm looking at that, too."

The Wildcats and Sparks are in limbo. "As of right now, I would have to pay for a year, but they're still talking about that. To be honest, I don't know if I would do that. I've been on scholarship and I plan to stay on scholarship."

Sparks, a 6-1, 185-pounder, certainly deserves a scholarship. A two-year starter who was an All-Sun Belt Conference point guard for the Hilltoppers, he has two more seasons of eligibility.

Kansas, Notre Dame and Ohio State are in the mix. Sparks indicated that he would like to visit Kansas, but no visit to KU has been set up to date. "Ohio State and Notre Dame are trying to get in hard. So is Georgia with Coach Felton and I might end up going down there. Auburn was in the first time around and they're in now. It's a hard decision, but it's not going to be a bad decision."

Auburn originally recruited Sparks out of Muhlenberg North High School in Central City where he averaged 31.9points per game. He scored 71 points in one contest vs. Owensboro-Apollo as a senior. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.9 assists as a sophomore at Western Kentucky.


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