Junior Profile: Sean Phaler

Sean Phaler, a 6-8 junior power forward from Villa Park, shoots the ball as well as any big man in the west. He's drawing interest from all the top schools in the west, as well as some national powers...

Sean Phaler, 6-8 JR PF Villa Park (Calif.) High, has one of the sweetest strokes around and he's got deep range as well. While he'll need to add weight and strength to be effective at the next level, there's no question that he's among the best prospects in his class on the West Coast.

We spoke with Sean recently and he told us that Oregon St., UCLA, Stanford, Cal, USC and San Diego St. have all been out to his school recently to watch him work out. In addition to those schools, Sean also mentioned Louisville and Kentucky as schools that are expressing serious interest in recruiting him.

We asked if any leaders had emerged yet for his services and Sean said, "No, I'm wide open. I'm willing to listen to anyone at this point and I haven't narrowed it down to a list yet."

Sean told us that he didn't follow any particular teams growing up. "I didn't have a favorite school or anything like that," Sean said. "I just enjoyed playing."

When questioned about the factors that would influence his decision, Sean replied, "the coach, how I fit in the system -- how they play and who else is on the team." We asked about early playing time and Sean said, "it's a factor, but not that important."

Sean told us that he likes the West Coast, but he's willing to go anywhere. "I've spent my whole life in California," Sean said. "So I'm partial to it, but I'll go elsewhere if I like the school."

Sean has already taken unofficial visits to Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA and San Diego St. "My Dad was born in San Diego and I have family down there," Sean said. "So I stayed with my uncle when I went to visit San Diego St." The visit to the Bay Area was in August and Sean was accompanied by his father.

Sean plans on taking his time with the decision. "I want to take five trips and enjoy the process," said Sean. "I will decide before November of next year, but I don't see signing real early in the summer."

An excellent student, Sean told us that he has a 4.0 GPA.

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