Maurice Shaw is Found

The #5 center prospect on the west coast, Maurice Shaw, has hopped from high school to high school quite often during the last four years. He's now settled in Washington, and college coaches have tracked him down...

Maurice Shaw, 6-9 SR C, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln, is now settled in to a high school for his senior year.

Shaw spent most of the summer in Arizona, where he was supposed to be going to Gilbert High School. But he said he's back in the state of Washington. ‘I'm in school and pretty happy here now," Shaw said. "I came back because I wanted to be with my mom."

Why Shaw's location is a point of interest is because he's jumped around quite a bit during his high school careeer. He started off as a freshman year at Fresno Washington Union High School. He then spent the summer before his sophomore year in Washington, with the intention of attending Tacoma Lincoln. That never happened, so he returned to Washington Union for his sophomore year. He then transferred to Fresno Central as a junior, but was deeemed ineligible to play because of his transfer. Then, this last summer he said he was attending Gilbert this fall. But now, he's finally enrolled at Tacoma Lincoln.

All of this hopping around has made it difficult for college coaches to keep track of him, but he says they've caught up with him. "I'm hearing from Indiana, Iowa, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Washington and others. Indiana and Iowa call every week. Steve Alford's called."

Shaw said none have officially offered a scholarship, but they have indicated they want him to take an official visit as soon as he takes the SAT October 12th. "They need me to have a test score so I can take the trip. Indiana and Iowa have offered trips. I know I'm going to those two. I'd probably also like to trip to Texas Tech and Arizona State. I like Washington, too, but I don't think I have to take a trip there." Shaw said he's shooting to start taking his official visits in late October, as soon as he posts a score on the SAT.

Shaw said that some coaches have come to see him at Lincoln recently. "Washington coach Lorenzo Romar came out and that was great," he said.

Does he have a leader? "It'd have to be Indiana. If they offered, I think I'd commit. If they don't offer and Iowa does, I'd commit to Iowa. After those two, I'm wide open."


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