Gee Taking His Time With Process

One of the hottest names in the summer was Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer wing man Alonzo Gee. Programs are moving quickly on him.

Alonzo Gee, a 6-foot-5 small forward out of the Sunshine State, has seen half of the schools on his current list. Charlotte, Florida and Alabama have hosted on unofficial visits. Most recently, Gee visited Alabama (last weekend) unofficially and is considering the Tide, 49ers, Gators, Maryland, LSU and Miami.

All the programs have offered and each is making a push. Unlike other high schoolers in his class, Gee isn't spending August nailing down his September official visit dates. See, he's yet to take the SAT (won't until late September) so per NCAA rules, he can't take an official visit.

There exists a good chance that he opts for a college without an official visit as he's looking into unofficials at a number of schools including Miami and Maryland.

While Gee, a likely Top 50 player when our rankings come out, becomes more of a priority for the programs recruiting him, he's taking his time in the process.

"I'm thinking about the style of play and the coaches," Gee said. "How far is it? There's a lot of things like the education. I know all the schools provide tutoring and stuff. I just want them to be available every time."

With plenty of chances to stay close to home, Gee likes the idea of sticking around. "The benefit of staying close to home is that my family could come and watch my games. They could be there to support me and say if I'm homesick, I could always drive back home."

But, he also sees the benefit of leaving the nest. "The benefit of going would be that I'd be on my own. I'd have to rely on myself and I'd have to grow up. Basically, I'll have to become a man."

The summer of 2004 was an excellent one for Gee. He took the next step as a player. In mid-July, he led the Tallahassee Wildcats to the Showtime National Championship title and from that point on head coaches consistently were at his games.

"He did really good in my opinion because he stepped up and became the person that people knew would take the shot," Dwyer assistant coach Billy Palagonia said. "Not that he made every shot, but he took important shots. He's come a long way. He just turned 17. Everything is still a work in progress."

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