Coming from College Station and having a father who is an associate athletic director at Texas A&M, it's been well known that 6-foot-5, 175-pound 2012 A&M Consolidated 2012 wing Alex Caruso has long hoped for an offer from the Aggies.
That offer finally materialized on Sunday evening.
"Coach (Billy) Kennedy called me when I was with my grandma's house chatting with her, one of my aunts and my sister," Caruso said. "He called me and asked how NBA Camp was. He told me he finally saw some game film that my high school coach gave him and he said that him and his staff have enough confidence to offer me a scholarship.
"It's good to know that now I have something I think I could enjoy for four years and the opportunity to succeed also. But I'm going to find out what else I can get."
Previously, it was believed that if Caruso picked up a Texas A&M offer, he would commit on the spot. So why the hold up?
"It's just building the relationship with Coach Kennedy," Caruso said. "Coach (Mark) Turgeon was head coach of A&M my entire high school career so I grew up being recruited by him; I was comfortable and had a good relationship with him and the whole Aggie program.
"It's just a different relationship status with coach Kennedy and I, and all of their coaches are working on growing our relationship as well."
As Caruso has gone through the spring AAU circuit and picked up plenty of attention from schools around the country, he's realized that location may not be such a factor in his recruitment.
"My dad and mom have told me multiple times that ultimately if College Station is the right town for me then that's where I should go but if I need to go somewhere else to another state, no matter where it is besides maybe Alaska or Hawaii, they want me to make my own choice," he said.
"The location isn't a big deal. With AAU we travel all the time; I've been in four or five different states already this spring and summer. Location and travelling really isn't that big of a deal."
From here, Caruso plans on continuing with the process and not jumping to a decision anytime soon.
"Me and my dad talked it last night and after every conversation we have with a coach we say thank you, we'll keep in touch in July and then get in touch in August and let them know when we narrow down our list," Caruso said.
"I definitely want to take some official visits before I make a decision. I know what A&M has to offer because I grew up there and I've seen everything. I just need something to compare it to."
Caruso picks up dream offer
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