Checking In With Omari Israel

HENDERSON, Nev. – Omari Israel is in Vegas right now with D.C.'s Assault. Where might he be a year from now? The 6-7 PF/SF from Wheaton (MD) Good Counsel gave an updated list Wednesday night.

"I like Maryland, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, West Virginia and Rhode Island," Israel said after Team Assault's win over Seattle's Rotary Style squad. "But I'm still taking my time. I'm going to get together with my family and start making a decision after all these tournaments are over."

On Monday night, here at Green Valley High School's Auxiliary Gym, Israel was solid playing the post – the interchangeable four and five spots – for coach Curtis Malone's perimeter-oriented Assault.

"I think I'm pretty much a three/four," he said. "I can play both positions. All the schools that are recruiting me say I can develop my wing skills. I play the three on my high school team. I just play the four/five in AAU. But I see myself as a three."

Even if he isn't quite there yet. He averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a steal this past winter for Tim McKenna's Good Counsel troops – and he did his damage from both inside and outside.

"He's definitely going to be a three," Malone said. "But he has a lot of things to work on. You have to be able to defend twos and threes. You have to be able to shoot. But he's getting better at those things."

At least he's trying.

"After all this is over, I'm going to go home, take a couple days off and then get back into the gym," Israel said. "I'm going to do a lot of point guard drills to get my ball-handling down."

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