Terrell pondering multiple offers

LAS VEGAS — Jared Terrell may not be one of the best shooters or highest-ranked players at the LeBron Skills Academy, but he certainly boasts among the most impressive physiques.

Nike's official measurements say, Jared Terrell, 6-3, 219 pounds -- and none of that 219 appears to be fat.

Of course, there's far more to basketball than muscle. Terrell is a hard-charging guard whose long-term future may direct him toward becoming as a defensive specialist. Because power stands as the hallmark of his game, his ability to guard aggressive slashers could become a prime asset.

Meanwhile, on offense Terrell does his best work closer to the rim. He's less of a shooter than some of the other guards in attendance, and in fact he's attempting to transition into a new position.

"The coaches recruiting me tell me they like me as a combo," Terrell said, "but I'm trying to become a point guard. I don't know if that's how they see me, but that's the big thing for me looking at my career."

He certainly has a point. Terrell is short by professional wing standards, and if he can become a primary playmaker he'll actually be tall for his position. At this point we can't slot him as a floor general, but certainly he's unselfish and has improved his ball-handling.

However it is that he views his game, college coaches certainly like him quite well for one position or another.

"I have offers from Kansas, Florida, Marquette, Miami, Providence, UConn and some more," he said. "I don't really have any leaders but am happy with my list."

As he should be. Some of those schools' scenarios are in flux and unclear as to which players have committable offers, but clearly Terrell can speak with confidence that he has great collegiate options.

In terms of criteria, he said distance from home won't matter and that an opportunity to play early will be significant. He's also not attached to any firm timetable.

"The thing is, this is a lifetime decision and I don't want to rush," he said. "I want to get it right the first time."

He added that he'd like to take August unofficial trips to the more local schools on his list and then officials during the fall.


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