Will the 7-Footer Decide -- or Wait?

There aren't many high-major recruits that haven't committed, particularly those that are 7-feet tall. But <b>Robert Rothbart</b> from California is one, and he's visited four top-flight schools...

Robert Rothbart, 7-0 SR PF, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas, is almost completely certain he'll wait until spring to make a decision, his mother Nada said Thursday.

"He's just not ready," she said. "He's changing his mind just about every week on which school is his favorite. If he was ready, he wouldn't be changing his mind. It's the biggest decision of his life and he wants to make the right decision."

The schools he's been considering are California, Missouri, Indiana and Arizona. Rothbart took official visits to each this fall. "He liked each school that he visited," Nada said.

The fifth school he was formerly interested in, Stanford, has stopped recruiting him.

With the possibility of taking one more official visit, Nada said they'd like to keep that option open. She said, "He's saving that last visit for one more school. It's not one specific school he's waiting on, but if another school fits his criteria and gets involved with him, he'll use that last visit by spring."

In fact, Nada said that some other schools, including some big-named ones, have recently shown interest. "UCLA contacted us recently," she said. "I also heard yesterday that North Carolina and Kentucky gave the high school coach a call."

When asked what it was that her son was looking for in a college, Nada said, "It has to be a combination of really good academics, a program that will fit his style of play, and one that has good people where he feels he can fit in, especially with the head coach."

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