NBPA: Three recruiting Cage hardest

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - M.J. Cage has three schools recruiting him the hardest. The 2016 center breaks down his recruitment.

One of the best young posts at the NBPA Top 100 Camp was 6-foot-10, 220-pound Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei center M.J. Cage.

Scout.com provided the following evaluation of the 2016 prospect at the event:

A big improver over the last year, Cage showed just how efficient he is down low and when he received the ball in the paint, he converted way more often than not. Cage didn't waste any time on the perimeter and spent his time fighting in the paint for position and successfully defending other posts. The jump hook looked good and his touch was impressive. He rebounded well on defense and blocked shots. It was another step in the right direction for Cage.

M.J., whose father Michael Cage, Sr., had a long career in the NBA, attributes his significant improvement to his dad.

"I've been working hard," M.J. said. "I'm training with my dad, who has gotten me a lot better, and all the training is paying off.

"He tells me to keep working hard since you can always outwork someone, even if they're better than you."

Despite the impressive improvement, Cage has areas he wants to keep getting better at.

"I need to work on my jumpshot and dribbling; I want to be able to take people off the dribble," he said.

Cage's newest offer comes from Oregon, but says that three schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"Arizona, San Diego State and Kentucky," Cage listed.

He quickly broke down what he likes about all three of those programs.

Arizona: "I'm from there – I was born there – and my teammate Stanley (Johnson) went there and he likes it. I'll visit soon and see what it's like."

San Diego State: "I go up there a lot because my dad went there. I like their crowd and it's a great school."

Kentucky: "They have a great history and it's a great team."

Cage said that he hopes to visit Arizona in August and that the earliest he could decide is late in his junior year to early into his senior season.

The rising junior has an idea of what he'll be looking for in a school.

"I want a school that will pass the ball to the bigs, not where the guards are shooting every time," Cage said. "I want to see if they throw it into the post."

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