2008 Introduction: Darian Norris

Las Vegas has started to turn out some quality basketball prospects and point guard Darian Norris is one of the better Vegas prospects in the 2008 class. We caught up with him recently and got an update on his recruitment...

Darian Norris, 5-10 JR PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave, is a quick and talented young prospect. While he's on the small side, Norris has a good stroke to the stripe and the ability to break down a defense.

We spoke with Norris recently and he gave us a list of schools that have been in contact with him.

"Gonzaga, Nevada, Oregon, USC, UNLV, Tulsa, Idaho and Virginia Tech," said Norris. "Also, Kansas came to a practice while they were out here playing against Florida. I don't really have a leader right now – I'm pretty wide open."

We asked Norris what he is looking for in a school.

"The tempo, how they play and how the coaches interact," said Norris. "Location is not really that important. It could be close and that would be good, but if the situation is good elsewhere then I'll go there."

We asked Norris about the importance of early playing time.

"Early playing time is a consideration," said Norris. "Not necessarily to get a lot of time right away, but just to be able to get some time early."

We asked Norris about coaches coming out to his games or practices.

"They pretty much came to my games – my coach doesn't like to be involved too much," said Norris. "USC, Gonzaga and Nevada came to games."

Norris said a Big 12 program was his dream school growing up.

"Texas was my dream school – I was born right around the corner from the arena," said Norris. "I came to Vegas early, but thought about going back there."

Norris doesn't sound like he's close to making a decision.

"I'll most likely decide after summer, I'm not sure on the timing -- it depends on the situation," said Norris. "Basically, I want to take my visits my first. I'll probably cut it down to five after the summer."

Norris told us he has a 3.6 GPA.


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