Spears Focus To Shift Toward Recruitment

The season is over for Chicago (IL) Dunbar senior Aaron Spears. Now, it's time for him to start assembling a short list, which he'll do with his coach in the near future.

Spears Season Ends With A Playoff Loss

Dunbar center Aaron Spears put together a fine senior season. His team finished 19-8.

"I think Aaron ended up with 24 points a game and 13 or 14 rebounds and 2 blocked shots," Dunbar coach Fate Mickel said. "He had a tremendous year. He made 18 on the ACT so he's qualified and although they put in the paper he was academically ineligible, it was wrong."

Mickel said now he and the big fella will turn their attention toward making a college decision. "He's still open," Mickel said. "We haven't decided on any schools yet. Louisville; Rick (Pitino) wants him. Miami, Illinois, Iowa, Marquette and Indiana. Oregon is recruiting him too. He's got some nice schools. Now, he has time to concentrate and set up some visits."

Mickel feels like Iowa, Illinois and Miami could get official visits. Our sources also indicate Oregon could be among the handful of schools which receive a visit as well.

"I was glad for him because he made a believer out of a lot of people. We're four-year conference champs so we have to be doing something right. My goal was to make the Final Four. We played Tilden and beat them, a good, tough team. We should have beat Farragut. They have a good team."

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