Schools won’t have to wait long for the decision of four-star class of 2017 wing A.J. Oliver. Oliver, who has major potential to explode on the national level this year, is set to announce tomorrow for a college.
“I will be deciding on December 1,” said Oliver. “That is our first home game. I am trying to get it out of the way early so I can just focus on basketball and grades.”
The three schools left in the mix for Oliver are Clemson, Texas Tech, and College of Charleston.
Most think Clemson is the clear leader. Not only is Oliver from right around the area, but his mother is the head women’s basketball coach at the school.
About the Tigers, Oliver said, “I have a really strong relationship with them. We talk almost every day, and my mom works there so I am always able to go over there and watch practice. I also go to all the football games, and I just really like it there.”
Also the Texas Tech Red Raiders have made a strong impression on Oliver, and he has built a strong bond with that coaching staff.
“I really like Coach (Tubby) Smith and Coach (Joe) Esposito as well,” said Oliver. “I also like how they play, and they are just the type of people that seem like good people. Also my mom knows them very well which is good.”
The other school in the mix, College of Charleston, is definitely the underdog but Earl Grant has put in a ton of work trying to land this commitment.
“They have done a fantastic job recruiting me,” said Oliver. “They have landed three or four of my teammates, and Coach Grant is recruiting me really hard, so I like them a lot.”
With the decision coming very soon, Oliver knows what he is looking for in a school.
“What is most important to me is where I can get a really good education and also develop as a basketball player,” said Oliver. “As a family we have talked about the decision a lot, and I am just looking for a good place to study where I can be a good student as well as a basketball player.”