2017 wing L.J. Figueroa has strong season

One of the best guard prospects in the state of Florida has a strong season and is gearing up for a key unofficial visit.

Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian standout L.J. Figueroa helped lead the Eagles to the SIAA state championship.

Despite coming up short, Figueroa, a 6-foot-5 guard, showcased an improved and more productive game than previous seasons. 

“He stepped up and led us in scoring this year,” Oldsmar Christian coach Jordan Fair told Scout. “He led us to the SIAA state championship and averaged 19 points a game in the state tournament. He played really well. He was really big for us.”

The biggest difference from Figueroa, a four-star prospect, last season to this year is his shot making ability, according to Fair. His time and effort attempting to improve his long-range shooting paid off.

“I think he added a little bit to his game,” Fair said. “He shot the ball extremely well this year. Last year he was kind of a scoring in the lane, driver type guy and this year he proved he could step out and shoot the three ball.”

Figueroa, a native of the Dominican Republic, certainly proved himself as a high major prospect and interest from schools continues to mount.

“He’s being recruited really hard by MiamiFlorida and USF,” Fair said. “UCLA is sniffing around a little. Maryland is too. Florida State and Boston College have offered and UCF has offered.”

Outside of UCLA, Maryland, FSU, all of the schools Fair mentioned have offered Figueroa a scholarship.

Although he hasn’t taken any college visits recently, Figueroa is set to see Florida next Tuesday.

“He’s going to take an unofficial visit to Florida to see them play Kentucky next week,” Fair said.

“They’re recruiting him pretty good,” he added about the Gators. “I would say the schools recruiting him the hardest are Miami, USF and Florida.”

Figueroa is currently regarded as the No. 52 overall prospect and the No. 10 shooting guard in the 2017 recruiting class.

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