Pickens Taking His Time

FOX Sports NEXT caught up with Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle 2014 wing Dorian Pickens at last weekend's Pangos Summer Sweet Sixteen to talk recruiting and more...

Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle 2014 wing Dorian Pickens was out at the Pangos Summer Sweet Sixteen tournament last weekend playing with his team, Arizona Stars.

"When I come out here, I hope to showcase that I'm a great team player who loves to win and loves to compete. I love to show my versatility to all the coaches who come and watch and show that we play good team basketball," he said.

The incoming junior already holds offers from Arizona State, Northern Arizona, Rice, Weber State, New Mexico, and Boston College, and has been hearing from more programs around the country.

"I'm receiving interest from Stanford, Georgetown, Louisville, Syracuse, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arizona, schools like that," he said.

However, Pickens is in no rush to make a decision.

"No one is really standing out right now. I'm going to take a look at all my choices. There are a lot of East Coast schools looking at me, a lot of big schools, so I just have to see who I like and weigh out my options," he said.

The 6'4", 200 lb. prospect is exploring those options and has a few visits planned.

"In August I'll be hitting up Georgetown, West Virginia, and I think I'll be taking a visit to Syracuse. Otherwise, I'm just going to see what my schedule looks like later this year," he said.

Pickens, originally from the East Coast, says that proximity won't be an issue when he chooses a school.

"I didn't grow up a fan of a particular program. I moved from the East Coast to the West Coast when I was younger. I'm open to anywhere, since I used to live in New York. I know what the East Coast lifestyle is like and have been to most parts of the country, so I don't have a preference," he said.

One thing Pickens is sure of, however, is that he's hoping to attend a program with strong academics, as he currently maintains a 4.2 GPA.

"I'm definitely looking for a school that has a big academic program because I need a good education for my life after basketball. I want a program that has a great history and a great coaching staff," he said.

Aside from focusing on his recruitment, Pickens is spending time working on becoming an even more all-around player.

"My shooting ability is definitely one of my strengths, as is my versatility, because I'm a big wing. Also, I have a lot of heart and I'm a good competitor. I've been working on attacking the basket a lot and I've been working on a lot of defense, just on every aspect of my game," he said.

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