Dominican Republic Is Next Stop For Vargas

While majority of the 2008 class is starting to narrow down their lists of schools and setting up visits, Eloy Vargas is heading home. The 6-foot-10 rising senior will spend nine days in the Dominican Republic.

Eloy Vargas deserved a break. Especially considering the Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage standout played his best basketball of the year in July. He showed out in nearly every event he participated in including the AAU Nationals.

"I thought he had a tremendous summer," Kenny Gillion, who is Vargas' AAU coach, said. "I thought ever top player that he played against he had a very good game against. He got on the glass, he rebounded the ball, he shot the ball well."

Vargas Heads To The D.R.
In Las Vegas, Vargas led Team Breakdown to the title game of the RBK Summer Championship, and following a cross-country plane flight he helped them win the AAU Nationals in Orlando.

Although he was highly regarded prior to his great play in July, he continues to be heavily pursued by a number of schools. Florida, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Miami, Florida State seem to be the ones mentioned the most.

"He's still got the same schools on him. I don't think he's going to make a decision until maybe February sometime. His thing is he just wants to get out there and visit schools and he wants to visit them during the basketball season."

Vargas has already been to Pittsburgh, Indiana, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida State and Miami. The Gators should be next in line to snag a visit.

"The only one that he hasn't been on campus, in terms of schools that are heavily recruiting him is Florida. I know he wants to get up there on that campus."

Gillion also addressed a recent rumor that hit the recruiting world during the July period. Apparently it got around that Vargas was thinking about playing overseas after high school. He, actually, was presented with an opportunity, but declined.

"People are saying he isn't planning to go to college and that he was planning to go overseas. That's crazy. He's 100-percent going to college. He was offered the opportunity to go overseas and play, but he turned it down."

Vargas will be in the Dominican Republic until August 21st. When he returns he'll likely try and set up visit dates.

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