7-Footer Takes Last Visit

The 7-foot power forward from Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas, <b>Robert Rothbart</b>, is probably the best unsigned senior in the west. He took his last official visit to UCLA this last weekend, and says he's considering a total of three schools...

Robert Rothbart, 7-0 SR PF, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas, said his official visit to UCLA last weekend "went really well."

He said, "I like everything about UCLA. The facilities, the coaches. It was a great chance to see the school. My mom came with me and she was really impressed with everything and liked it as well."

It was Rothbart's fifth and final official visit, having already officially visited Cal, Missouri, Arizona and Indiana.

Rothbart said that he's narrowed it down to UCLA, Arizona or Indiana.

"I don't have a favorite right now," he said. "I just needed to take it all in. There's not a bad thing about any of them, that's why I haven't made a decision yet. All of them have great things about them and it really makes the decision hard."

With UCLA, Rothbart said specifically, "I really like the situation there. There's going to be a chance for me to play at the four spot. It's the one thing that makes UCLA so great for me. The way the four plays in (head) coach (Ben) Howland's system fits the way I play. "

But Rothbart said there isn't one decisive factor about any of the schools that will make his decision for him. "Yeah, I don't really see one. I'm going to have to really weigh out the pros and cons of each school and see then."

He and his mother, Nada, who escaped war-torn Bosnia together when Robert was a young child, will almost certainly remain together after Robert goes to college. "That's why location doesn't really mean that much," Rothbart said. "My mom will probably end up moving where I go anyway."

So, what's his time frame for deciding? "Well, the signing period is coming up in April, so I'll know by then. Right now, I have a lot to think about. I can't see that I'd make a decision too quickly. I mean, if something hits me and I make a decision, I'll commit. But I have a lot to think about before that. So, I don't really have a time frame to decide, except by the signing period."

The 7-footer averaged, who averaged around 23 points and 15 rebounds a game this season, is a good student, maintaining a GPA over 3.0 and having scored an 1140 on the SAT. He also said he's put on some bulk over the last year, now weighing 220 pounds.

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