Xavier Leads For Raymond

Right now, there are three schools that Toledo St. John's forward B.J. Raymond likes the best. One of them has already moved into a leadership position.

B.J. Raymond, the 6-5 ½ small forward out of St. John's in Toledo, Ohio, has been absent from the traveling team circuit and didn't run with his All-Ohio boys last month.

"I've been taking a few weeks off, getting a little stronger," Raymond said. "This week is my birthday weekend but I'll play the next weekend and be at every one after that."

Despite his absence on the circuit, Raymond still gets the love from the college coaches. His recruitment is going fine right now. In his own words: "I've got some likes and some dislikes. Overall it's going pretty good."

Raymond is scheduled to take the SAT next month so he's not in official visit mode yet. He does, however, have a trio of favorite schools.

"I like Michigan, Dayton and Xavier the most right now."

Is the word on the streets correct? Does Xavier lead? "They're pretty much leading. They're showing the most interest at this time and I feel it's pretty much a good fit for me. I've still got some things to discuss with them.

"I'll probably be going up there pretty soon to try and take a look and get another feel for the school. I've probably been up there 2-3 times."

Raymond is a big fan of the Elite 8 program. The position they want him to play and how Xavier says it will handle and develop him as a player has appealed to him. "I feel in the long run that's the best fit."

Still, he's not ruling out Dayton and Michigan. The Flyers in particular might be able to make up some ground. "I feel that Dayton can [close the gap], but Michigan has got to show me a little more interest for them to catch up."

To date, Michigan has not offered him a scholarship.


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