"He's been the surprise so far," Notre Dame Prep coach Bill Barton said. "He's 6-9, 230, and he runs the floor like a deer. He's been very, very good. He's definitely Atlantic 10 and climbing."
True enough. George Washington, UMass and Providence have scouted him during fall pickup in the last couple weeks. All three schools came away impressed. DePaul and Buffalo are interested, too, and Rhode Island was in the gym Wednesday afternoon.
"It's crazy," George said. "I mean, I was getting recruited by Division I schools last year … but I'm probably going to play through the season and wait until the spring."
And why not? He had offers out of high school from Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Indiana State. After a year up here, if he keeps this up, he'll have a whole host of others at that level and higher.
"I need to work on my back-to-the-basket game and get stronger," said George, who averaged 14 points and seven boards as a senior at Shepard and scored a 19 on the ACT. "I like it in Chicago -- I'd go back there -- but I just want to go someplace I can play."