Jeremy Mayfield Considering Four

Jeremy Mayfield has turned away plenty of big-time schools because he doesn't want to sit on the bench. The Texan big man has four visits scheduled and will likely choose from one of the four.

Missouri came calling, but Jeremy Mayfield said "No thanks." The same thing happened with Oklahoma State. Ditto for Illinois.

The 6-10, 225-pound Irving MacArthur (Texas) senior big man isn't crazy or anything like that. He's got a valid reason for turning away the big-time schools.

``I don't want to go in and sit on the bench," said Mayfield, who played for Craig Roberts' Team Forth Worth program most of this past summer. "I don't care if it's North Carolina. I want to go in and play."

Mayfield, 17, is a versatile big man who can step out and shoot it from mid-range, handles it well for a player his size and can also run the court. The knock on him is that he needs to get tougher.

``He's not as physical as I'd like him to be," Roberts said. "But that'll come with time and more work. The reality is he just got serious with basketball six months ago. Now the light's on because he sees what type of opportunity is in front of him."

Mayfield, who also saw limited time with the Houston Hoops, put up modest numbers last season in high school – about a dozen points and 10 boards per contest – without starting a single game.

He's set up four visits so far and may take a fifth. He'll start off with Nevada on Oct. 16 and then on successive weeks, he'll head to Arkansas, Nebraska and Kansas State.

Things can change during and after the visits, but for now he'll go into the trips with co-leaders.

``Nebraska and Kansas State," Mayfield admitted. "I like the coaches and the playing time I can get if I go in and work hard at both places."

Roberts said there's still a chance that Miami and USC could claim the final official visit.

``He's a special, special kid," Roberts said of his prized pupil. "When you watch him play, you think that a kid's not supposed to do this at his size. He really doesn't even know how to play because he's so new to organized ball."


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