2009 Center Daniel Orton is Coast to Coast

Daniel Orton, the 6-9 junior center from Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuinness, is currently the #15-ranked player in the 2009 class nationally, and he's interested in schools that are literally across the nation, all the way from the Pac-10 to the Big East...

Daniel Orton, the 6-9 junior center from Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuinness, has worked himself in to an elite high-major prospect for the class of 2009.

Orton, who weighs a good 250 pounds, has slimmed down and gotten in very good shape. His weight had been a concern before, but he's put in work to improve his body, and it's paid off. He's also worked on his game; He's always been a good inside banger and rebounder, but he's starting more and more to show a low-post game and touch around the basket.

That combination, of a very good body and developing skills, has gotten him ranked as the #15 player in the 2009 class national by Scout.com. And he's hearing from just about every major program across the country.

Orton rattled off a long list of schools he said he was interested in: "It's really a wide variety of schools right now: Connecticut, Oklahoma, Florida, Syracuse, Maryland, Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas, Arkansas, UCLA, Arizona...and more."

When asked what schools he'd like to visit officially, though, he said, "Probably UCLA, Arizona, Maryland, Connecticut and probably Syracuse."

But he wanted to emphasize that he is still wide open.

Orton, a well-spoken kid, said he currently has a 2.8 GPA. "I didn't do as well as I can in my second semester," Orton said. "So I have a 2.8. My first semester I had a 3.5 and I'm going to work to get it back up to that."

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