2007 Focus: Rico Pickett

Rico Pickett is piecing together a standout junior season and in the process if heating up his own recruitment. The 6-foot-4 guard has a few schools showing major early interest.

Decatur (Ala.) High is home to a versatile junior guard who averages 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Rico Pickett, who runs with Southeast Elite, is in the process of emerging as one of the top talents in his home state.

Pickett, who already owns a qualifying ACT score, thinks its time he got some attention. "I feel like I'm one of the premier point guards in my class in the country. I know that I'm not getting as much publicity as I deserve."

Pickett knows that time and impressive outings this spring and summer will be his opportunity to rise up the charts. For now, he's content with seeing a group of schools hot on his trail.

Alabama and Iowa State, according to Pickett, stepped up and offered him a scholarship. "They said ‘we would like you to play for our team' and they were offering me," Pickett said. "They came out and said it, both teams did."

A third school – Vanderbilt – is beginning to show serious interest. The Commodores recently watched Pickett and will be back out soon to crank up their recruitment another notch.

Illinois and Louisville told Pickett they have intentions of coming to see him this season.

Improved from a year ago, Pickett is comfortable with the role he's playing on his high school squad and that's been a big part of his success. "Honestly, now I have to score more," Pickett said. "Four seniors left my team so I had to step up my scoring and get everyone involved."

Pickett's got big dreams but he's keeping alive the hope of one day giving a little back to the game after college. "I'm going to college for physical education," Pickett said. "If it's not basketball than I'm going to try and coach. Some way I want to be in the game of basketball. I love being around the game. I can teach kids coming up how to play the game."

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