One Sticks Out For Gallon

Keith "Tiny" Gallon made a move to Oak Hill this year and it's starting to pay off. The talented big man spoke to about his recent play and the recruiting process.

When Keith Gallon made the switch from Humble (Texas) Atascocita to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill, he did it with one goal in mind – to get better prepared for the next level.

Despite a slow start to the season, it appears Gallon is starting to turn the corner. The 6-foot-9, 290-pound center played well at Houston vs. The Nation and his best effort was a 24-point, 15-rebound outing against Madison.

"The competition is real different at Oak Hill," Gallon said. "Texas is OK, but the schedule we play at Oak Hill is real different. It's getting me ready for college and it's making me better. Coach Smith is making me better and I think I'm improving."

Gallon, who is known by Tiny to most, overwhelms defenders with his size and ability to maneuver in the post. He's also equipped with a solid pair of hands and has pretty good overall ball skills.

"I think I've improved a lot on my dunking and improving certain aspects of my game," Gallon said. "I'm improving and I've been working out with John Lucas too and he's been working with me."

With Gallon's size, mobility and knack for scoring on the block, it's not surprising that high-majors are knocking down his door. Although he's not looking to make a decision soon, there are a few schools that stand out.

"I'm hearing from everybody, but my number one school is LSU," he said. "LSU, Arizona and Baylor those are my top schools, but I'm hearing from a bunch of schools though."

The Tigers have jumped to the top of his list for a handful of reasons, but Gallon mentioned two main ones.

"I just kind of like what they do with their big men and what they did with big baby (Glen Davis). "They kept him involved and I don't see a whole of bunch of schools keeping their big men involved and that's why so big men want to play guard these days."

"I just like what they are doing at LSU, plus Tommy Griffin is verbally committed there and that's like my brother and I'd really like to play with him."

To go with LSU, Arizona and Bayler, Gallon said he's also looking at Georgetown, Texas A&M, Texas, SMU and Kentucky. He said he hasn't scheduled any visits and likely won't until after the high school season.

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