Numerous schools after Victor

Starting on June 15, Victor's phone has been extremely busy with college coaches from all over the country working to get involved in his recruitment.

Five-star prospect Craig Victor had an impressive showing at the recent Adidas Invitational. The 6-foot-8 power forward was on top of his game making plays down low, and a hoard of coaches was following him every step he made.

"I've been playing really well," said Victor. "My motto for July is defense first. I take a lot of pride in my defense. Offensively I can score, but I am taking defense very seriously. I just want to give all out effort. That is what it is all about."

According to Victor he put in a lot of work during the months of May and June in order to be at his best for the all important and busy July month of basketball.

"I've been working real hard," Victor explained. "I am doing a lot of weight lifting, running to build stamina, and also I have been working on my ball handling a lot. I have been getting a lot of shots up, but I have been concentrating on my stamina and things like that."

As is no surprise for a player of his talent level, Victor's phone got real busy on June 15 when all contact from college coaches was de-regulated.

"My phone blew up man, it blew up," said Victor with a laugh. "Kansas, Ohio State, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Connecticut, a lot of schools."

Living in New Orleans, Victor was able to check out the 2012 Final Four games at the Super Dome. That gave him an opportunity to see both Kansas and Ohio State up close.

Kansas obviously advanced to the finals before falling to Kentucky, and Victor was impressed with what he saw from the Jayhawks.

"I went to the championship game with my dad, and their style of play was real nice," said Victor of Kansas. "I have talked to Coach (Bill) Self and he has told me how interested they are. I like their style of play and how they get after it. Thomas Robinson was a big part of that, and he is someone I like."

Along the way Ohio State and Kansas met up, and the Buckeyes have been one of the teams most active in his recruitment.

"The Final Four game, I was also there," he said. "Man they play so hard. I am looking forward to keeping in contact with them. I liked the way they used Jared Sullinger this year."

Also the in-state LSU Tigers are working hard. New coach Johnny Jones is working hard to keep Victor home for college.

"They've been on me hard," said Victor of LSU. "I am talking to them a lot. I met with the coaches last week, talked to them, talked about the rebuilding process, and so far so good."

As it stands right now the No. 18 ranked prospect is planning to make his commitment following his junior basketball season.


Scout Hoops Top Stories