Three schools left for Piper

Djuan Piper, one of the best unsigned seniors, had a strong showing at the Hoop Hall Classic this past weekend. Follow Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach's game, Piper said he's down to three schools.

Rainier Beach is having a terrific season.

The Vikings won the Les Schwab Invitational in late December with strong efforts from their big four – Shaqquan Aaron, David Crisp, Dejounte Murray and Djuan Piper.

Then this past weekend they knocked off Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell at the Hoop Hall Classic.

Aaron is a Louisville commit, while Crisp recently pledged to Washington. Murray, a junior, admitted at the Hoop Hall Classic he's not close to making a college choice. But Piper, one of the best senior wing options still available, is down to three schools.

"I'm picking out of Minnesota, Gonzaga and the University of Washington," Piper said.

What does he like about his final three?

Minnesota: "They get up and run. They score in transition and that's what I do. They pressure the ball a lot. I'm a defensive guy."

Washington: "That's my hometown school. I think their program is on the rise and I just like [Lorenzo] Romar. He's a good guy."

Gonzaga: "I like Mark Few. They get up and run. They are always a top 25 school. I'd have an opportunity to play early."

The only official visit Piper has taken was to Illinois State. He's no longer considering the Redbirds.

When asked about a timetable for a college decision, Piper said he didn't have one. He did mention the schools he plans to visit next.

"My next visit will probably be Minnesota," he said.

Against Bishop O'Connell, Piper showed versatility. A 6-foot-6 forward, Piper is tough, plays with an edge and using his athleticism to make plays on both ends of the floor.

"I bring a lot of defense, rebounds and I play well offensively," Piper told after going for 12 points, four rebounds and four blocks on Saturday. "I can score when my team needs me to. I bring a lot of effort."

Piper is regarded as a three-star prospect on

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