Cleare thinking summer decision

One of the top centers in the country has interest from all over, and is thinking of making a summer decision.

One of the top post players in the entire country is Shaquille Cleare. At 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds, Cleare is a load on the block. With his size, Cleare is also very nimble with good footwork and a nice touch. Because of that numerous schools are hard after him on the recruiting trail, and right now Cleare is thinking of a summer decision.

At the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, Cleare was matched up against many of the other top big men in the country. Also Cleare received top coaching from NBA players, and he feels it will help him in the long run to continue to improve.

"I just took in everything, and I am trying to take my game to another level," said Cleare. "My game is coming along pretty well. I am learning how to make post moves and how to finish around the basket, and just how to be a better defender and a better shooter."

Recruiting wise Cleare is hearing from some of the top schools in the country.

"I am hearing from Maryland, Texas, Baylor, Marquette, Florida, Providence, and some other schools," listed Cleare.

The school most often linked with Cleare is Maryland. Before the staff change the Terrapins were all over Cleare, and new coach Mark Turgeon has picked up where Gary Williams left off.

"It is in the ACC and has a good basketball tradition," said Cleare of Maryland. "Also they develop a lot of big men and they are looking for a post player now that Jordan Williams has gone to the NBA. I am looking at Maryland because it is a good opportunity to play against the best."

According to Cleare, staying close to his home in the Houston area is not something that is going to be important to him when it comes time to make his college choice.

"Right now I am pretty open," Cleare explained. "I am from the Bahamas so I am used to being away from home. I am in America now, so it won't matter where I go to school, I will be away from home."

He continued, "At first people were telling me I should stay close, but now everyone is saying for me to just do what I want to do. My coach just tells me to do what I want to do and what is best for me because I am the one who has to spend four years at a school and not him."

Publically Cleare is not stating that he has a leader, but he does think that a decision could come in the next few months on his future.

"I will probably make my decision at the end of July or the beginning of August," said Cleare. "Nothing has been finalized, and I want to talk it over with my coaches and my parents since this will be the biggest decision of my life."

Currently Cleare is a five-star prospect ranked No. 20 overall in the country.


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