2005 Focus: Corey Bloom

Corey Bloom is hoping to make a name for himself this summer after playing out of position during the high school campaign. The sharpshooter from Louisiana is getting some looks, but not quite to the level he'd like.

Corey Bloom isn't sure why he isn't getting more interest. He knocked down 23 trifectas between the Boo Williams and Kingwood Classic tournaments.

He's gotten plenty of letters from the likes of Dayton, Rice, Oklahoma, UConn, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Texas and Florida – but the interest just hasn't stepped up as he would like.

"Corey is one of the top shooters in the country when he is on and is a big-game player," said Louisiana Select coach Mike Theus, who mentioned Dayton, Louisiana Tech and Dayton as legitimate players thus far. "I think he is being underrecruited because when you go see him on his high school team, he plays the four and by the time he gets down the court, one of his teammates has already shot it."

Bloom knows he needs to get stronger and improve his defense, but the 6-5, 180-pound swingman averaged 17 points at Brother Martin (La.) as a junior while playing a forward spot.

``Everything has been kind of slow," Bloom said. "The schools are sending letters, but few are showing top-notch interest. Nobody has really left their cards on the table."

``I just don't think I'm getting the type of interest I should be getting," he added. "The kind of interest I see other guys getting. I feel like this year I should be a Nike All-American and I'm just hoping to get an opportunity to go. I guess it depends on how I do in New Orleans."

Bloom will play with his Louisiana Select team in New Orleans and hope to improve his stock.

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