Lattin talks about unique path

Not many prospects leave the United States to further their basketball development, but Khadeem Lattin did that this past year.

In the summer of 2011 Khadeem Lattin was impressing onlookers during July with his athleticism, shot blocking, and ability to run the floor, however then the Texas native fell off the radar for a while. The reason for that is simple, Lattin transferred to the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain to further his development.

Now the 6-foot-9 and 200 pound center is back in the United States and playing in the EYBL as a member of the Houston Hoops.

For Lattin this year was a definite growing experience for him, and one that he feels made him better.

"It is definitely a culture shock," said Lattin of the year. "It is like living in a different world. It is definitely tougher there and the culture is tougher because you are playing grown men and not kids your age. My mom and I made the decision because we felt it would the best for my development."

One of the reasons Lattin and his mother decided to make the move was because of the focus placed on basketball. A normal day at Canarias includes a lot of time in the gym.

"In the pre-season we would wake up at 5:00 a.m. do conditioning, go to school, right after school do more conditioning, sit out for an hour, and then practice," Lattin explained. "During the season we wake up at 5:00, run through plays, go to school, do conditioning, and then go to practice that evening."

According to Lattin he has improved a lot because of the move. Not only has he grown on the floor, but he has definitely grown up off of it.

"The coaches had me working on my dribbling skills, and then I have also grown up," said Lattin. "Living away from my parents I learned to not rely on them as much, so I definitely grew up and matured."

Recruiting wise Lattin says that Georgetown, Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M made sure to stay in contact with him.

For Lattin hearing from the Longhorns was definitely a big deal.

"I was excited when my mom told me she was talking to them," said Lattin of Texas. "It is just a milestone to be recruited by them. Getting there is one thing though, playing there is another. I know I have to continue to improve to play at a school like Texas."

The school outside of the state of Texas, Georgetown, also really appeals to Lattin, and a lot of that has to do with their style of play.

"That would be almost ideal for me because in their offense everybody handles the ball and everybody plays on the perimeter so I think that would help me a lot to grow as a player," said Lattin of Georgetown.

For now Lattin is just taking things slow with the recruiting process, and says he is looking for a school that wants him as much as he wants to be there.


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