Rich Seeks Fall Decision

Shooting guard Jason Rich is and will be a hot name on the summer circuit. The Floridian isn't in a hurry to decide and has a nice list of programs in need of his services.

Nike Team Florida's Jason Rich is one of those intangibles guys. This spring he's nurtured big man Alexander Kaun along the unfamiliar AAU scene while keeping his own game in good order.

"I think it's been going good so far," Rich said. "It still has its ups and downs. I'm still trying to learn and get better. Every team you play has good players. You have to constantly play defense every trip."

The best defense he'll play this year just might be against colleges. While guys are committing left and right, Rich wants to wait until the fall to make a decision.

Florida, Connecticut, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana and Florida State have been there consistently. "After the Bloomington tournament, Kansas started showing interest and so did Indiana. "I've got a lot of late schools showing interest."

Rich sounds steadfast in his resolve to make a fall decision. "I'm not going to take [visits] until the fall. I want the atmosphere with students on campus. I want to see how it is with kids there. It's better in the fall when the campus is more alive."

"When it comes to colleges, I want to go somewhere that I can play as a freshman and get better. I know you have to be willing to put in the time. I want a good program that has produced players. [The coach's] record should speak for itself."

In other words, Jason Rich is going to play for an established head coach. That's important to him.

Until July, the bulk of Rich's work will come at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.

"One thing I have to remember, and it's not been a problem for me, but one good tournament does not make a McDonald's All-American. I have to be consistent all summer. The next few camps are really big. Those events are really important events. Finishing the summer strong is something I'm working on."


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