Three visits set for Hogg
Four-star forward D.J. Hogg was a huge factor in the Texas Titans making a deep run in the Peach Jam this summer. Hogg, who has always been an excellent shooter, diversified his game this year, and is one of the top recruiting targets left in the 2015 class. “I think we all played well as a team and we made a run at Peach Jam, but we just came up short,” said Hogg of his summer. “It was tough to say good bye, but it was a good run. Individually LeBron and Kevin Durant camp were great and I think I played pretty well.” Recruiting wise six schools remain in the mix for the 6-foot-7 and 200 pounder from Plano (Texas) West. “I have a list of Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Arizona, Baylor, and Oklahoma State,” explained Hogg. “I am going to Baylor August 31, Texas A&M September 6, and then UCLA I believe October 11.” Baylor already has one of Hogg’s friends and AAU teammates, King McClure, committed, and he likes what the Bears have to offer. “Coach Scott Drew is a real good coach and they produce a lot of pros,” said Hogg. “They have had the third most pros the past few years. Also Coach Drew is going to let you play. If you have a bad game he isn’t going to bench you, he is going to show faith in you.” After visiting Baylor will be a trip to College Station to see Texas A&M, and it is one that Hogg is looking forward to. “Coach (Billy) Kennedy is a real good coach and they are looking for some real good players to build the program up,” explained Hogg. “Also they play in the SEC which is a great conference, and he is a player’s coach who lets his guys play.” The third set visit is to UCLA, and the tradition and talent that the Bruins possess definitely appeal to Hogg. “UCLA has always been a premier program that is known for championships and producing pros,” explained Hogg. “I like the coaching staff there as well. I haven’t had a chance to watch them play too much, but I am told Steve Alford does a good job coaching his players.” In-state the Texas Longhorns have been paying Hogg a lot of interest, and he likes the plans that the staff has for him as a player. “Rick Barnes and I have a real good relationship,” noted Hogg. “I think one of my friends, Eric Davis, is considering them. They do a good job of recruiting bigs and that is important because I don’t want to have to play in the post in college. I can play the stretch four, but I prefer to be a wing, and I know there I will have that opportunity.” For now there is no timetable for Hogg to make a decision, he simply plans to commit when the feeling is right.
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