Major interest in Gist

Class of 2016 point guard Asante Gist is already getting major recruiting attention.

Point guards are always in demand, and in the class of 2016 Asante Gist is someone on the east coast who is garnering a lot of attention. A diminutive floor leader, Gist showed at Flyin to the Hoop that he can be a major problem to match up with.

Roselle (NJ) Catholic finally got Isaiah Briscoe eligible after sitting out due to transfer rules, and now Gist and Briscoe are ready to form one of the best duos around.

"The season is going good for us right now," said Gist. "Isaiah coming back has helped us a lot and I think I am playing very well. I am showing more maturity and showing more of what I can do as a player than I did a year ago."

Individually Gist thinks he is a much improved player from what he showed a year ago.

"I am more aggressive this year," noted Gist. "Last year I was out there, but this year I am doing what I am supposed to be doing in terms of scoring and passing and just being more of a leader."

Recruiting wise numerous schools are already showing big interest in Gist.

"I have offers from Seton Hall, Rutgers, Fordham, Penn, and South Florida," said Gist. "I am also hearing from Miami, Connecticut, Maryland, Villanova, and St. Joseph's."

Gist has taken a visit to Rutgers, and says that the coaches have done a good job of making him feel like a priority.

"I like Rutgers a lot," noted Gist. "It is a hometown school and they like me a lot. Coach (Eddie) Jordan saw me a lot this summer, they love my game, and the want me to be a part of their family. I like Rutgers a lot."

Also Gist has seen St. Joseph's on a visit. The trip is one that opened Gist's eyes some.

"I didn't know a lot about St. Joe's until I went down there, but I saw they are a small school that is family oriented," Gist explained. "That is one of the things I like about them, and I liked what I saw there. The trip was fun and my dad also liked it."

Beyond St. Joe's, Gist also visited Villanova while in Philadelphia and he says it is an honor to hear from the school.

"Coach Jay Wright is a great coach and for him to be interested in me when I am only a sophomore, that is just great," said Gist. "It shows what I am doing is working for me."

For now Gist is just focused on getting better, but he is definitely happy with the recruiting attention that has already come his way.

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