Alaska's Schafer Gets Noticed

Ray Schafer, a developing post player from Alaska, drew the attention of scouts and coaches last weekend with his play in the Pump tournament. We spoke with him about the schools that have been showing interest so far...

Ray Schafer, 6-10 C Wasilla (Alaska) High, is an intriguing junior with a chance to be recruited at the high major level. Schafer's offensive skills are still somewhat raw, but he moves well and has shown good progress since we last saw him in the fall.

We spoke with Schafer in Las Vegas last Saturday and he told us he's hearing from a large number of schools. "All of the Pac-10 except Arizona," Schafer said. "A lot of ACC and Big Ten schools also."

Schafer said he hasn't even started to narrow down his list. "I'm interested in anyone that shows interest right now," Schafer said. "I'll probably start weeding them out in the summer."

We asked Schafer if he had any geographic preferences and he replied, "anywhere that has a different climate than Alaska." Schafer has been to Oregon and Washington for high school summer leagues and said he liked both states.

When we questioned him about the factors he considered important to his decision, Schafer said, "I'm looking for a program that's dedicated to basketball, with good coaching and a good learning environment."

Schafer also said that early time won't be an issue. "That's not an important issue," Schafer said. "If they have big guys, I can play against them and get better."

We asked about his academic standing and Schafer told us that he'll have no trouble qualifying.

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