Junior Update: Arron Afflalo

Arron Afflalo, a 6-4 junior shooting guard from Compton (Calif.) Centennial, has a chance to be among the best in the country at his position. We spoke with him about the early stages of his recruitment...

Arron Afflalo, 6-4 JR SG Compton (Calif.) Centennial, is currently listed at #3 in our rankings, but he could very well end up #1 the next time we update our rankings.

Afflalo gets better each time we see him. He's added muscle and his athleticism continues to improve. He's played PG mostly in high school and that's helped his overall guard skills. He shoots it very well with deep range and he can destroy smaller guards when he posts up. We think he projects as a shooting guard in college, mainly because that's the position he'll probably defend. However, he's got a good feel for the game and he will probably be able to play some minutes at the one as well.

We spoke with Arron last night and asked if he had any childhood college favorites. "UCLA was the school I always wanted to go to since I was little," said Afflalo. "When I was growing up, they were my dream school."

Now, however, Afflalo says he's wide open. "I haven't started to narrow down my list," Afflalo said. "I'm looking at a lot of schools. Kansas, USC, UCLA, Syracuse...a bunch of others."

When questioned about the factors that will influence his decision, Afflalo said, "Most important is the coach -- I want someone that I have a good relationship with who will be looking out for me. And academics is obviously important too."

We asked if location or early playing time would play a role. "Location doesn't matter -- not at all," Afflalo replied. "And early playing time won't be a big factor."

Afflalo said he'd like to play for a good team, but the chance at a Final Four wouldn't be a major issue. "Everyone would like to play in a Final Four, but that's not going to be a big deal. I want to play for a good team though."

Don't look for an early decision from Afflalo. "I'm going to take all five of my trips," Afflalo said. "I expect I'll be ready to decide sometime around next October."

When we asked which schools had been out to Centennial to see him, Afflalo replied, "Everyone. Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, UCLA, USC...most of the Pac-10. I can't remember all of them. Just about everyone except Duke."

Afflalo will take the SAT on November 2nd and his father told us that Arron is doing very well in school. "He's taken a couple practice tests and scored over 1000 on each," said Mr. Afflalo. "Qualifying won't be an issue."

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