Four-star forward Andre Rafus has had a solid junior season, and is continuing to show signs of improvement. With that Rafus is beginning to pick up more interest on the recruiting trail, and now he is one of the most heavily recruited prospects on the East Coast, and is continuing to make his game more well-rounded.
In his first year at Roselle Catholic things have gone well for Rafus and he is on one of the top teams in New Jersey. With that his focus is on getting better and being a leader for his team.
“My game has developed a lot here,” said Rafus. “All of the coaches on the staff have helped me become a better player and have a better all-around game.”
He continued, “I have been focused on being a leader, continuing to help us win, and to play hard so that we can win TOC.”
On the recruiting trail a long list of schools are very interested in Rafus, and he continues to do research about all of them coming after him.
“Recruiting wise I like all the schools that have offered me and I haven’t chosen to cut down the list,” said Rafus. “The schools that have offered are USC, UNLV, California, SMU, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgetown, St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and most recently Kansas.”
About the Kansas offer, Rafus said, “It was a very good feeling to get offered by Kansas. I am blessed to have such a prestigious offer.”
Recently Rafus was able to visit Seton Hall, and he was impressed with what he saw from the program.
“The energy there was crazy,” explained Rafus. “I had fans coming up to me telling me to go to Seton Hall, and it was just a great experience.”
Another local school that has gotten a visit from Rafus is St. John’s, and he continues to build a good relationship with the Red Storm staff.
“I talk to Chris Mullin all the time,” noted Rafus. “He is a good dude, he calls me his ‘Lucky Lefty’, and that is a school I will most likely visit again soon.”
Also recently SMU Head Coach Larry Brown flew to New Jersey to see Rafus, and Rafus says the Mustangs program definitely intrigues him.
“Larry Brown is a good dude, and I know he would help me become a better player,” said Rafus. “You can look at the players he has coached and they get better, so I like SMU.”
Don’t look for any quick decision from Rafus who intends to make more visits before narrowing down his list of schools.