Padgett To Look At Five Schools

David Padgett of Reno, NV is weighing his options, having limited his choices to five schools, all of which have offered him scholarships. David's sensational season ended early with a knee injury, but he plans to make a full recovery, and has already started shooting again.

Five Possibilities For Padgett

Last December David Padgett sat down with his father Pete, who doubles as his coach, and sifted through the numerous recruitment letters that had come to his home. The purpose of their activity was to limit the college choices for David, a 6-11 center from Reno, NV.

There were certainly many colleges to choose from, as David can play both the inside and outside game. His averages of 24 points, 14 rebounds, and almost 8 blocks speak to his ability on the court, and he is also considered the rare big man who can run the floor well. David says, "I think the best part of my game is my ability to get up and down the floor. Some coaches have told me I'm exceptionally fast for my size."

The list of colleges that David is now considering includes only Stanford, Arizona, Kansas, California, and North Carolina. David has a scholarship offer from each of these programs waiting on him, but he says that there is no leader among them right now. He plans to take his visits to Stanford and Arizona this spring, and the others in the fall. David also says that there is a small possibility of one more visit being added next fall.

David says that he had been working on his ball handling and outside game before a knee injury forced him to end his season prematurely. David popped his kneecap out of place during a game, but he says that not only has it healed well, but that he is already shooting again. He hopes to become even more comfortable shooting from outside before he begins play for his Pump ‘N' Run team in Los Angeles and visits the Adidas ABCD Camp and the Olympic Festival this summer.

David praised his young team at Reno High for their play without him. Although their final record was 16-13 and they lost in the first round of the Sierra League tournament, they did manage a 6-4 record without David. "They handled themselves really well. We're a really young team this year. We lost nine players from last year, including our point guard who starts for Yale now. But these guys pulled it together without me, and we'll be much better next year."

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