Jermaine Middleton Schedules Big East Trip

Jermaine Middleton is 7-foot-3 and has only been playing basketball for a little more than a year, but he's getting in shape and has already set up a visit to a Big East school for this weekend.

Jermaine Middleton isn't your typical 7-footer. He actually loves to play the game; it's just that he hasn't had a chance to do a lot of it.

The 7-3, 235-pound Los Angeles native is spending a year at South Kent (Conn.) under the tutelage of coach Raphael Chillious instead of heading to college this year and redshirting.

Middleton will take his first official visit this weekend to St. John's and is also considering taking a trip to Colorado. The Red Storm, Colorado and Iowa have all offered a scholarship while Clemson and DePaul have expressed interest.

``He's old-school," Chillious said. "He's got a nice sky hook with either hard and can shoot the turnaround jumper. He's really made inroads because last year he couldn't even really run."

That's because Middleton has never played organized basketball before his senior season at Crenshaw (Calif.), when he averaged about 10 minutes per game.

``I'm not really sure why I didn't play until last year," Middleton said. "I wasn't really ready and the coach wasn't comfortable putting me in there because our league is so hard."

Middleton didn't really get out on the AAU circuit much this past summer either, instead electing to work on his game.

``I had an offer from New Mexico last year, but I wanted to come to South Kent because I need to develop more," Middleton added. "I didn't want to redshirt. I wanted to play and South Kent plays about 40 games and I need the experience."

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