Prince of Memphis

J.P. Prince has heard all the comparisons, but he's doing a good job of carving out his own identity. The Memphis native has plenty of offers - and five top schools.

The comparisons began with his cousin, Tayshaun Prince. Then they started with another Memphis-area star – Penny Hardaway. Now the name that most people liken J.P. Prince to is another long, lanky floor leader – Shaun Livingston.

That's because Prince is approaching 6-7, tips the scales at 195 pounds and is a gifted passer with tremendous court vision.

``I've always been a point guard," said the White Station High (Tenn.) junior guard.

Prince, who averaged 15 points, six boards and five assists as a sophomore, is one of those guys who does a little bit of everything – passes, scores, rebounds and plays defense. His biggest deficiency at this point may be his outside shot, but it's coming around.

He's so versatile that his best sport growing up was actually soccer, which he gave up when he got into high school to concentrate on basketball.

Prince isn't at the point just yet where he's set up any official visits, but a few schools have emerged to go check out. N.C. State, Mississippi State, Stanford, Kentucky and Memphis comprise his elite five at this point.

Prince said that all of those schools have already extended scholarship offers, along with Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

``Right now the important things to me are been able to play the point, the other players they have and the playing time and also the location," Prince said. "I don't want to be too far from home."

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