Monroe Cuts List To Five; Sets Up Two Visits

Greg Monroe is ready to start taking official visits. He recently cut his list of schools to five and will begin taking official visits next weekend.

Greg Monroe is about to start phase two of his recruiting plan. The first step was to set up in-home visits with eight schools and listen to their pitches. With that done, he has his list cut to five and he's ready to start taking official visits.

"It was his whole idea to do the home visits first and then do the second stuff, which is the official visits," Harvey (La.) Helen Cox head coach Tyrone Mouzon said. He'll then return back and see how the teams are doing and what their situation is. Then he'll make his choice whenever it feels right for him."

The five contenders are LSU, Georgetown, Duke, Texas and Connecticut. While he's expected to take official visits to all five schools, only two have been set up. He'll head to LSU next weekend (Oct. 6) and will then trip to Georgetown for midnight madness the following weekend.

"All five, as far as he's indicated, are in the running," Mouzon said when asked if anyone was leading. "He hasn't indicated to me that anybody is a front-runner."

According to Mouzon, Monroe has a list of things that he's looking for in a school. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward is looking for a coach that will prepare him for the NBA, teammates that he can mesh with and good academics.

"He's looking for several things," Mouzon said. "Obviously he's looking for a coach that is going to get him better. The other one is hopefully the coach will be there and I think that's the case with these five, but that's not a guarantee."

"He's looking for a school that will have a chance to compete for a national championship. He's also monitoring the schools to see who he's going to be playing with. Distance, he said, is not a factor in his situation. On the academic side, he's looking for a school that he can eventually graduate from."

Monroe, who is's No. 1 prospect, didn't have a great summer, but was able to hold on to the top spot because of his versatility and tremendous upside. His coach echoed our thoughts and praised him for his ability to make everyone better.

"I think just looking at him in our open gym that he's getting bigger and stronger. He's a kid that can play some out of the wing, but can also play in the post. I think Greg is going to make a lot of people around him better."

"Once he gets to a good structured system in college then I think that's when we'll really see how he can play. Once he gets into one of these major programs and plays with a lot of good players then people are going to see he's going to be able to make a lot of people better."

According to Mouzon, Monroe has not set a timetable for his decision.

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