Aiken has big spring

Four-star guard Bryce Aiken catches Scout up on the latest in his recruitment.

Junior guard Bryce Aiken continues to reel in new college interest and with the way he’s playing on the Nike EYBL circuit it’s of little surprise.

Aiken, a standout at Newark (N.J.) St. Patrick School, is currently averaging 15 points and is shooting 41.4% from behind the three-point stripe for Munch Williams’ PSA Cardinals team.

“I think I’ve been playing well,” Aiken told Scout. “I’m not satisfied. I always have room for improvement. But I think it’s going well. My recruitment is getting better and I just keep improving and getting better every day.”

Aiken described himself as a leader looking to set up his teammates when he has opportunities.

“I bring leadership and make my teammates better and put them in position to score and give them easy opportunities and take pressure off my teammates,” he said. “I can shoot and I play pick and roll and I can play defense really well too.”

Aiken told Scout that his recruitment has picked up during the two April evaluation periods.

“I just got off the phone with Harvard,” he said. “They offered me a scholarship. I’m fortunate to receive that.”

“FSU and Yale have offered,” he said. “Stanford, Michigan, I’m very interested in them and I want to go out there and visit and check them out and keep building my relationship with them. Illinois and Seton Hall have offered too.”

Thus far, Aiken has taken an unofficial visit to Seton Hall, but he’s setting up a trip out of West in the near future.

“I plan on taking an official to Stanford in the next 2 weeks,” he said.

“I’ve been talking to their coaching staff for a while,” Aiken added. “I’m interested in their school and what they have to offer.”

Stanford assistant Tim O’Toole recently met with Aiken.

“I had an in-home visit and that went really well,” he said. “He was talking academics and how it fits into the school and the basketball and then earnings. That was the three things he talked about -- academics, basketball and the earnings -- and how it set you up for life. That’s very important for me and my family. I want to pick a school that is best fit for me.”

Aiken, a 5-foot-11 guard, told Scout that he intends to make his college choice in December.

“I don’t have any favorites,” he said. “I’m just talking to these coaches and looking forward to building a relationship with them and I’m taking my time with the process.”

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