Georgia Hoops Star Trying To Narrow The Field

This Georiga hoops standout, who is receving attention from almost every major program accross the country, discusses the recruting process.

College Park, Ga.--Six-foot-seven-inch, 215 pound forward Octavius Spann is being suited by most of the schools in the SEC, ACC, Conference USA, and Big East.

The multi-talented player finally has his first official visit set up as Spann will head to Georgetown this coming weekend.

"It was surprising," Spann said about new Hoya head coach John Thompson III making a visit to his high School the day after being hired. "For him to come down as soon as he got the job shows he's really interested in me."

Banneker head coach Hollis Bethea described Georgetown's recruitment as "very persistent," since Thompson III took over.

Auburn's new head coach Jeff Lebo also came by Banneker soon after being hired, and despite getting a late start, The Tigers will also have a chance to make a push for Spann's services.

"I like (Lebo)," Spann said. "I think he can do a lot (at Auburn)."

Auburn also has a former Banneker alumnus on the coaching staff, which certainly doesn't hurt their chances.

Spann may take all five of his allotted visits before making a final decision during the early signing period in November, and Georgia and Georgia Tech are very likely to make his visit list.

"It's a new program," Spann said about the Bulldogs. "A lot of folks look down on Georgia, but I've always liked them."

"I've always been a Tech fan," said Spann. "And Coach (Paul) Hewitt, he's a good coach and this past season they showed what he can do."

With plenty of schools such as Syracuse, UConn, St. John's, Memphis, Louisville, Illinois, Kansas, UCLA, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Cincinnati showing interest, and with offers on the table from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Indiana, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Georgetown, Spann says he is "still playing the field."

"I'm going to try and wait," Spann said about making a decision. "But, I want it out of the way by November."

"Everybody's even right now," Bethea said. "All of them are good schools. He's just looking for a place to play and contribute right away."


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