Baxter picking up attention

UCLA is the latest school to offer 2016 forward Gavin Baxter, who also has several other programs working hard on him.

One of the top 2016 forwards on the West Coast is Provo (Utah) Timpview's Gavin Baxter.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound prospect is a versatile athlete who can probably defend both forward spots due to his length and athleticism, although offensively currently projects as more of a stretch four.

On Tuesday, Baxter picked up an offer from UCLA.

"He was really excited, especially with their pedigree and what they've done as a program," said Baxter's AAU coach with the Utah Prospects, Tim Davis. "It's really attractive for a guy like Gavin who wants to play at the highest level."

UCLA is a new addition to Baxter's list, but there are several schools working hard on him.

"BYU is recruiting him very hard," said Davis. "Arizona State has reached out to him with the new staff and he's feeling that out.

"He's been talking to Yanni (Hufnagel) at California and Stanford - (Johnny) Dawkins and (Mike) Schrage have been out twice to see him. Arizona and Wake Forest have both been talking to him. I think some more offers are coming."

BYU has been in the picture for Baxter for a while and the Cougars remain in the hunt.

"He likes BYU because they've been around for a long time and are close to him," said Davis. "They've definitely been recruiting him the longest."

The four-star prospect will check out at least three schools in May.

"In May he's going to take visits to Stanford, Cal and UCLA," he said.

Davis says that Baxter remains wide open but doesn't think it will take too long for him to make a commitment.

"I think he'll be pretty quick," he said. "He should have a decision by August, just knowing his personality."


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