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Five-star power forward narrow list to four, closing in on decision

Jarred Vanderbilt, Scout's No. 15 player, is down to four schools and closing in on his college decision.

Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt has narrowed his list of schools to four – KentuckyNorth CarolinaOregon and TCU.

“It was about time to cut it down,” Vanderbilt told Scout. “Narrow it down and hopefully make a decision soon.”


Of the four schools remaining, Vanderbilt has taken official visits to Kentucky and North Carolina. He’s also taken multiple unofficial visits to TCU. At this time, Vanderbilt doesn’t have a date set to visit the Ducks.

“Possibly,” he said when asked if he would visit Oregon. “We are trying to get down there. Trying to get a visit right now, but between my schedule and school ball and their schedule it’s been hard. If we can we’ll try and get down there.”

Vanderbilt broke down each of his four finalists:

Kentucky: “What sticks out about Kentucky is they play on the biggest stage. They really develop their players. From my visit I just watched how hard they practice. They really put their players in the best position to be a better version of them and make the next level. They are just a transition team.”

North Carolina: “They’re are a transition team. They like to get up and down the court. They have great pieces. They have a mixture of veterans and rookies as well. I think they have a great balance. They play on the biggest stage. They have a lot of forwards in the NBA and a great developmental program.

TCU: “With TCU they are a great school. As you know my cousin is one of the coaches ons staff and that played into consideration. I feel like they’re a growing program, as you see this year. They are 9-1. I think Jamie Dixon has really turned the program around. He’s a great a coach and there is a new culture.”

Oregon: “What sticks out about Oregon is their system. They are really up and down and they play a positionless game. Their two, three and four man are interchangeable. They are up and down. There’s a little more freedom. I think coach Altman lets his guys play.”

In terms of making a decision, Vanderbilt, who ranks as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2017 class, is getting close.

“Honestly it’s up in the air,” Vanderbilt said. “Possibly this week or next week. I wanted to do end it at the end of December or first week of January. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.”

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