Breakout performer Alex O'Connell has five schools standing out

Alex O'Connell made a name for himself this weekend at the Nike EYBL. Which five schools stand out for the 2017 wing?

This weekend's Nike EYBL resulted in several breakout performers and one name definitely on that list was Team United's Alex O'Connell.

The 6-foot-6, 170-pound 2017 small forward from Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton has good size and length, is athletic, can shoot it and has a high feel.

"I shoot well, I can finish above the rim and I can pass," O'Connell said. "I'm working on my ball handling, three-point consistency and finishing through contact."

O'Connell is no secret in the south, as he already has several programs working hard to land him.

"There are a few schools which have recruited me really hard for a while," O'Connell said. "Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, William & Mary, Kansas State and Ole Miss."

The schools that O'Connell says stand out to him are mostly those which have been involved for a while.

"I'm considering everything but some schools have been recruiting me the longest and they stand out a lot," O'Connell said. "Ole Miss, Georgia, Clemson, Iowa State and Stanford."

The skilled wing broke down what he likes about the five schools which stand out.

Ole Miss: "They've been recruiting me for a while and I like that coaching staff. I like their style of play."

Georgia: "Coach (Mark) Fox is cool, I like their style of play and it's close to home."

Clemson: "They've been recruiting me for a while and were my first high major offer. Their staff is really cool, it's a great campus, it's a really good sports school and it's in the ACC, which is a really good campus."

Iowa State: "Coach (William) Small and (Steve) Prohm, I like them a lot. They just came and saw me work out and I like that coaching staff."

Stanford: "The campus is beautiful and they just got coach (Jerod) Haase who recruited me at UAB and I like a lot."

O'Connell already has a pretty good idea of what he'll be looking for in a school.

"It all comes down to checking off the list of things I want in a college," he said. "I could decide tomorrow if I found a college that fits. I'll probably make my decision at some point before my senior season of high school, maybe sometime around October.

"The right fit of a program, somewhere if I wasn't playing basketball I could still be happy as a student, a good coaching staff and a school that needs me instead of wants me."


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