Shepherd attracts interest

Four-star center Karviar Shepherd is one of the best big guys in the class, and has numerous schools showing him a lot of attention.

Four-star big man Karviar Shepherd is now at Arlington (Tex) Grace Prep and every day in practice goes up against five-star class of 2012 prospect Isaiah Austin. With that Shepherd is improving every day, and his recruitment is also beginning to really pick up.

At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Shepherd ranks as the No. 72 player in the 2013 class. Now every day he is going up against a player his size, and Shepherd feels he is really improving.

"Isaiah is a great player," said Shepherd. "He pressures me every time I go against him. He just makes you better as a player."

He continued, "My offensive game is getting way better, and also I am improving on defense. I am just getting better from the summer and trying to work on everything."

When it comes to the schools recruiting him, Shepherd says a lot have been by and have been staying in close contact.

"Kansas, Florida State, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and some others have been around and have been talking to me," Shepherd listed.

Growing up in the Dallas area, Shepherd feels honored to be recruited by the local schools that he grew up following.

"It is great because those are the schools I grew up watching and saw on TV, so it is great to be hearing from schools like that," said Shepherd of the local schools recruiting him.

Also the Kansas Jayhawks have been very active in recruiting Shepherd.

"They have been telling me a lot," said Shepherd. "They say they need me to help out either on the post or at the power forward, and that they could help me get better."

Right now Shepherd is taking his recruitment slow, but he has big goals for what Grace Prep can accomplish this season.

"I am just focusing on getting a national championship and a state championship," said Shepherd. "I want to help this team in any way to make us better and help us win."

While he is taking things in on the recruiting trail now and focusing on a big junior season, Shepherd does know what he will be looking for in a school when the time comes to focus on that.

"I am just looking for a school that will make me better as a player and as a young man," Shepherd explained.

For now he is just going to be getting better every day in practice and hoping to make an impact for one of the most talented prep teams in the country.

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