Hogg having strong junior year

Four-star forward D.J. Hogg is one of the 2015 prospects making a big impression so far this season.

One of the players really opening up eyes to start the high school basketball season is D.J. Hogg. The Plano (Tex) West standout is currently viewed as the No. 42 prospect, but he could play himself into a much higher ranking as the season goes on. With that college coaches are making a strong run at Hogg.

At 6-foot-7, Hogg has always been seen as a stretch power forward who can really shoot the ball from deep. Now he is trying to prove he can play totally on the wing and become more complete as a scorer.

"I've been working on getting stronger, getting to the bucket more, and keeping my jump shot right," said Hogg. "Defensively I haven't been the best in the past, so I have definitely been working on that."

Recruiting wise the interest is just pouring in as more and more schools are beginning to realize how good Hogg is becoming.

"I have offers from Arizona, Baylor, UCLA, Texas, Oregon, SMU, TCU, Houston, Iowa, Notre Dame, Creighton, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Missouri," said Hogg. "I have interest from North Carolina, Florida, Kansas, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Alabama."

One school he has visited is Baylor, and Hogg says he really likes what the Bears are doing.

"It was real nice visit," said Hogg. "They have a nice campus and Scott Drew seems real cool as a coach. I like what they are doing with the program at Baylor."

A school that made an impression with an offer is Arizona. The Wildcats now seem to have Hogg as a priority recruit.

"I got the offer this past summer and I was glad," said Hogg of the Wildcats. "They were one of my biggest offers, and they are one of the top schools in the country so it is great to hear from them."

While they haven't yet offered, North Carolina is beginning to show more and more interest, and Hogg is happy to hear from the Tar Heels.

"I like UNC, they have always had a good program and they are a top school, so it is always good to get recruited by them," said Hogg of UNC.

For now Hogg is in no hurry to make a decision, but he does know what he is looking for in a school.

"I look for coaches who can help me get to the NBA because that is my ultimate goal," explained Hogg. "Also I want to have good teammates who will push me every day, a school with a good fan base, and also somewhere with good academics."

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