James Loe Has Top Four

James Loe isn't well known outside of Oregon, but the 5-10 point guard is drawing interest from programs in the west and he says he'd like to leave home...

James Loe, 5-10 JR PG Hillsboro (Ore.) High, told us last night that his top four schools are UNLV, UC Santa Barbara, Texas Tech and Fresno St.

While none of those schools came to see Loe during the contact period, he was visited by Portland, Portland St., Eastern Washington, Washington St. and Utah.

We asked Loe if he had any geographical preference for college and he replied, "somewhere hot, with no rain."

Loe said that early playing time will be an important factor in his decision. "I want to play early -- I don't want to sit during a redshirt year," said Loe.

Playing at the highest level possible will also be an issue for Loe. "I want to play against the best competition, with the best coach," said Loe. "So Bob Knight, at Texas Tech, would be really good. Pat Knight has been sending me stuff about their schedule next year. They play Cincinnati, Texas...a bunch of good teams."

Loe said he hopes to make a decision sometime after the Best of Summer tournament, which runs through the end of July. "We'll see what happens after that," said Loe. "I want to take some visits while I'm in Southern California for the Best of Summer. I'll probably visit Loyola Marymount, Santa Barbara, maybe some others."

Loe said he has a 3.4 GPA and he'll take SAT soon.

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