Silva holds multiple offers

The African nation of Gabon is tiny and certainly not on a par with its West Coast neighbors Nigeria and Senegal in terms of producing hoops talent, but Chris Silva aims to make his mark.

At this past weekend's Southern Jam Fest, Chris Silva stood out as one of the most improved players at the event. Where last summer he appeared somewhat awkward on the court, he has made striking progress over the past nine months.

Silva is a fleet and agile big man who now looks like a natural when he takes the hardwood. His hand-eye coordination has improved, making him much more effective as a rebounder and traffic finisher.

Carrying a wiry strong frame, Silva also took a couple jumpers that missed but looked okay leaving his hand. If he can knock in some medium-range attempts, he'll expand on a recruitment that's already generating heat at the major college level.

"I have offers from Syracuse, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, SMU and South Florida, I think," he said. "Connecticut and Miami (also) are interested."

While he's still learning the standard hoops lingo, he's now functionally fluently as a long-term power forward. We still list him as a center, but he may be moving more toward a center/forward classification. Again, he simply needs to add a bit more in terms of ball skill, but defensively he looks more able now to move his feet and handle opponents in the 6-7/6-8 height range.

"I'm working on everything," Silva said, "just working on my whole game to get better."

Silva said he didn't have a timetable to move toward a college decision, which makes sense given his rapid improvement. He's likely to continue elevating his stock as his Team Izod tours the grassroots circuit.

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