Christon Has Senior Explosion

On the strength of a breakout senior season, Semaj Christon now has the interest of three Big East programs.

Last year in the state of Ohio it was Geron Johnson who exploded as a senior to finish as a top 100 type of talent, this year it is Semaj Christon who is following in his footsteps. The point guard from Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods High School is having an incredible senior season and now is on the high-major radar.

At nearly 6-foot-2 with very long arms and explosive speed baseline-to-baseline, Christon has always had the potential to be a big time player. However before this season he had never consistently done it. As a junior Christon only averaged 5.3 points per game, but now as a senior he has taken the next step. This season Christon is averaging 19.9 points, 5.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.4 steals per contest.

"From last year I had all of those seniors like Allen Payne and Dominique Brown who were running the team so I was content to let them have their year," said Christon. "I feel like I could have put up numbers like this last year, but this year I have just been able to do it as a senior."

He continued, "I began to get more confident in my game over the summer and it is showing now."

While Christon is just now bursting onto the high-major scene, a trio of schools are beginning to take a very close look at him.

"UC, West Virginia, and Georgetown are the main three I am hearing from," said Christon.

The hometown Bearcats have been at several of Christon's games this season, and he has had some good talks with the school.

"They are just telling me that they like me and that I am a good guard," said Christon of Cincinnati. "I fit their scheme, I just have to get stronger and they think I would be ready to play."

While UC is currently on Christon, so is their former coach Bob Huggins. The West Virginia head man has also been very impressed with what he has seen this season.

"They are telling me a lot of the same things as Cincinnati," Christon explained of WVU. "They just want me to get stronger and be ready since they think I can play right away."

The one out of the region team showing him significant interest is Georgetown. Hoya assistant coach Kenya Hunter has been by to track his progress. While Georgetown is further from home than the other two schools, Christon says that isn't something that bothers him.

"It really doesn't matter to me," said Christon of the distance. "Wherever I can come in and play is where I want to go. Distance isn't something that matters to me."

For now the recruiting is just in the beginning stages for Christon as he focuses on getting his grades. After starting off very slow in the classroom as an underclassman, Christon is working as hard as he can to get the necessary grades to qualify to be a member of the 2011 class.

"I do a lot of work," explained Christon of his commitment in the classroom. "I know have to work hard. My freshman year I didn't do what I had to do, so now I have to do whatever I can to make it to college."

With a shortage of point guards on the way in 2012, Christon knows he will be a very hot commodity in the spring if he is on track to qualify.

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