Clinch To Visit Only Four

Lewis Clinch, one of the hottest names to come out of the summer period, is beginning to get serious about his school list. Three schools are guaranteed visits and two more schools are vying for his fourth trip.

The recruitment of Lewis Clinch, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard out of Cordele (Ga.) Crisp Co., is beginning take shape. Right now, Clinch basically has five schools in contention for four visits. He's already set up two trips and a third is being worked out.

Georgia Tech landed the first visit and it will take place the weekend of August 28. Georgia was able to schedule the next visit and that takes place the weekend of Sept. 18. Wake Forest will receive a visit and is working out the details of the trip.

"I know Wake Forest [will get a visit], I was talking to them and I'm trying to get things straight," Clinch said. "I have a family reunion at the beginning of September. Right now I'm about 95% sure I will [visit them]."

Clinch isn't about taking all of his visits. In fact, he's capped his officials at four. Kansas and Florida are in the chase for the fourth visit, should he decide to take one.

"Hopefully, I'll be able to make a decision after three," Clinch said. "Every school that's offered me, I can't go wrong." North Carolina State was the other school that Clinch mentioned but it would appear they are longshots to emerge as a candidate to visit.

As for leaders two have emerged though Clinch is adamant that things can change. "To be honest, if I had to say two favorites, I like Wake Forest and Coach Skip Prosser. Wake Forest is always going to be a school you notice in the NCAA Tournament. They'll always play hard and be at the top of the ACC.

"I like Georgia Tech too. Coach Hewitt has kind of made that program in a new direction. They play hard ball and made it to the national championship and that's pretty big for me."

Clinch is the highest-rated player of the past few seasons to not receive a camp invite and then turn into a big timer. "It's a blessing to come from where I was when I was on the "D List" [at some schools] and now there are some schools where I ended up being the No. 1 prospect for them."

Basically, Clinch used a snub from the three major shoe companies as motivation to have an excellent summer.

"Nike or Reebok, they never sent an invitation to my house," Clinch said. "I'm pretty sure that every player that went to the camp got an invitation sent to their house. I can't say I was invited. A lot of [colleges] said ‘you're good enough to go and we can get you invited.' I thought I'd get [my invite] in a couple days and I just never did. I just took that to the gym as fuel to work hard."

Clinch put in major work during the month of July. He helped the Smyrna Stars to a respectable finish at the Showtime Nationals and AAU Nationals. He actually led the Super Showcase in scoring at 27 points a game.

Not bad for a guy who went un-invited to the major shoe camps, even after an excellent showing at the NBA Players Association Camp.

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